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Felony DUI in Reading

Need a lawyer for a DUI case in Berks County?

When arrested for a first time DUI in Pennsylvania, you are most likely looking at misdemeanor charges. If your DUI involves serious injury or other aggravating elements; however, the charges may be elevated to a felony with more serious consequences. You need a strong defense after being arrested for a DUI and I can help. I am Curtis E. Barnes, Attorney at Law and I have almost two decades of experience assisting the criminally accused in Reading, PA. Let me assist you in creating your DUI defense strategy.

When is DUI a Felony in PA?

The aggravating factors that can result in a felony DUI include:

  • Your DUI offense results in slight injury to another person (Felony DUI with Injury)
  • Your DUI offense results in serious bodily injury to another person (Aggravated Assault While Under The Influence)
  • Your DUI offense results in the death of another person (Homicide While Under the Influence)

These are also termed sentencing enhancements and can lead to harsh penalties. A Felony DUI with Injury is punishable by up to six months in jail, a one year license suspension and a fine of up to $5,000. If you are facing Aggravated Assault While Under The Influence charges, you may be looking at up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $25,000. Lastly, a Homicide While Under the Influence is the most serious felony DUI offense. It can result in up to 10 years in prison for each count of homicide involved, along with a fine of up to $25,000. Pennsylvania uses a three-tier system when it comes to punishing DUI offenses and the exact consequences at stake in your case can vary according to your BAC level. As a Reading DUI attorney, I can help you fight for reduced or dismissed charges and avoid serious penalties.

If you have questions regarding your felony DUI case in Reading, contact my firm.

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