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Why you need a DUI Lawyer in Lancaster, PA

You need a DUI Lawyer in Lancaster, Pa to lead you through the legal process that follows a DUI arrest. In recent years the penalties you face when convicted for DUI have gotten more severe.  If found guilty, Judges have no choice but to impose mandatory minimum jail sentences and high fines.

Every PA DUI case is an extremely scary, methodical and technical proceeding.  It’s very important to contact and employ a DUI attorney early in the process to ensure you get the best result possible and to walk you through some of the more complex issues in your DUI Case.

At The Shelton Firm our law offices will explain all of your options including the ARD program, reduction of charges and going to trial.  We will examine the strengths and weaknesses of your case and provide you with straightforward analysis so that you are fully informed of all of your options.

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What is a DUI?

The DUI Law in Pennsylvania states that a person, may not drive a vehicle if:

  1. He has drunk enough alcohol to render him or her incapable of safely driving the vehicle, or 
  2. He drank enough alcohol to place his BAC level above the .08% level, or
  3. There are any controlled substances, or metabolites of that substance, in their blood

Here you can view the official text version of the DUI Law in Pennsylvania

Mandatory Jail Time

There can be many potential outcomes to a DUI case.   

One important thing to know is you will most likely be looking at mandatory jail time.  A mandatory sentence in a DUI arrest can be anywhere from 2 days in prison up to 1 year in State Prison.

There are many ways a DUI Lawyer in Lancaster, Pa can assist you in avoiding the tough mandatory penalties and the license suspension that go with a DUI arrest.  

ARD Program

Program for First time DUI offenders.

The program allows to avoid a criminal conviction on your record, by allowing expungement once the program is complete.

Entrance into ARD is solely at the discretion of the District Attorney and they can reject you for almost any reason. Our experienced Attorney will fight for your admission into the program. Entering ARD will save you from the unwanted choice of having to go to trial and risking your clean record.

In order to finish ARD you may be required to:

Receive a period of probation (No jail time),
Complete community service hours, and
Pay a fee to enter ARD

How the Police Prove their Case

Proof of Intoxication

The police routinely use, field sobriety tests, breathalyzers and blood test evidence to put people in jail for drunk driving.

Never assume that FSTs, breath test or blood testing evidence means an automatic conviction. These tests are only as reliable as the people giving them. In fact, their results can often be inaccurate or obtained under illegal means.

If you believe your test results are false or even illegal, Call our DUI Lawyer to fight back against the charges.

DUI Attorney, Jonathan Shelton, knows how to fight this evidence and potentially get your case dismissed or reduced.


A breathalyzer is a device for estimating blood alcohol content from a breath sample.  Not to be confused with the Portable Breath Test (PBT) done on the side of the road, The Breathalyzer can only be done at the Police Station and certain procedures must be followed to ensure its accuracy, otherwise your BAC level will not be admissible in court.

Field Sobriety Test

Field sobriety tests, (FSTs), are a group of tests used by police to tell if a a person is intoxicated with alcohol or other drugs.  FSTs are primarily used to meet “probable cause” requirements, necessary to request a blood or breathe sample from a driver.   These tests are done road side and a variety of factors can affect if these tests can be completed, many of which have nothing to do with intoxication.

Blood Test

Police generally want to conduct chemical testing because a blood test can find the presence of drugs or alcohol in a driver’s system.  A blood test is a medical procedure, normally done at a hospital by a nurse.

Blood test results are not instant because it must be sent off to a lab for results. In many cases, the results won’t be returned for several weeks or more.

DUI Penalties in PA

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Avoid the Mandatory Jail Time

With every extra conviction for driving under the influence penalties become more and more severe, This is why having an experienced lawyer can help you avoid some of the worst penalties.

The law renders punishments through a three-tier system. The higher your blood alcohol content the tougher the sentence. Sentences can range from no jail, all the way up to a minimum of at least one year in state prison. You will also lose your license and pay Hundreds of dollars in fines.

One of the ways to avoid a required jail sentence is to speak to your DUI attorney about  asking for ARD or a house arrest sentence where you can avoid much of the jail time.

Don’t face these high fines and Mandatory Minimum sentences alone.

Call The Shelton Firm today for a free consultation with a DUI lawyer in Lancaster, Pa to make sure you get the best outcome.


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