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DUI SECOND OFFENSE 

MISSION: Litigate and negotiate 100,000 charges to be found not guilty, dismissed, suppressed, or withdrawn for our clients.

Aggressive DUI Second Offense Defense Attorneys Serving Kennett Square and West Chester, Pennsylvania

Facing a DUI Second Offense charge can be an overwhelming and life-altering experience. At Sheridan Lawyers, our experienced criminal defense team specializes in defending clients against DUI 2nd Offense charges in Kennett Square and West Chester, Pennsylvania. We understand the complexities of DUI laws and are committed to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

Understanding DUI Second Offense Charges in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania classifies DUI offenses into three tiers based on blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Each tier carries specific penalties, including jail time, probation, fines, and driver's license suspension.

 

Here’s an overview of each tier for a Second Offense DUI:

 

Tier 1 DUI: General Impairment (BAC 0.08% to 0.099%)

Penalties for Tier 1 DUI

  • Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentence: 5 days to 6 months

  • Probation/Parole: 12 months

  • Fine: $300 to $2,500

  • Driver's License Suspension: 12 months

 

Tier 2 DUI: High BAC (BAC 0.10% to 0.159%)

Penalties for Tier 2 DUI

  • Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentence: 30 days to 6 months

  • Probation/Parole: 12 months

  • Fine: $750 to $5,000

  • Driver's License Suspension: 12 months

 

Tier 3 DUI: Highest BAC (BAC 0.16% and above) or Controlled Substances

Penalties for Tier 3 DUI

  • Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentence: 90 days to 5 years

  • Probation/Parole: 12 months

  • Fine: $1,500 to $10,000

  • Driver's License Suspension: 18 months

 

The Restrictive Probation Program

What is Restrictive Probation?

Restrictive Probation is a sentencing alternative for certain DUI offenders that can reduce the mandatory minimum jail time. This program combines probation with intensive supervision, treatment, and monitoring, providing an opportunity for rehabilitation while still ensuring accountability.

 

The Restrictive Probation Process

  • Assessment: Offenders are assessed to determine their eligibility for Restrictive Probation, which includes evaluating the severity of the offense and the individual's needs.

  • Supervision and Treatment: Participants are placed under strict supervision, which may include regular check-ins with a probation officer, drug and alcohol testing, and mandatory participation in treatment programs.

  • Completion and Benefits: Successfully completing the program can result in a reduction of the mandatory minimum jail sentence, allowing individuals to serve their time in a less restrictive environment and focus on rehabilitation.

 

Benefits of Restrictive Probation

  • Reduced Jail Time: By participating in Restrictive Probation, offenders can significantly reduce their mandatory minimum jail sentence.

  • Focus on Rehabilitation: The program emphasizes treatment and rehabilitation, helping individuals address the root causes of their behavior and reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

  • Enhanced Monitoring and Support: Intensive supervision ensures compliance with the program’s requirements and provides ongoing support throughout the process.

 

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Walk and Turn Test

The Walk and Turn Test requires you to take nine heel-to-toe steps along a straight line, turn on one foot, and return in the same manner. This test assesses your ability to follow instructions and maintain balance.

One Leg Stand Test

The One Leg Stand Test requires you to stand on one leg while lifting the other leg approximately six inches off the ground. You must keep your foot parallel to the ground and count aloud until instructed to stop.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test

The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Test involves following an object, such as a pen or flashlight, with your eyes. The officer looks for involuntary jerking movements of the eyes, which can indicate impairment.

Driver's License Suspension for Refusal of Chemical Testing

What Constitutes a Refusal?

Refusal to submit to chemical testing of your breath or blood when requested by law enforcement can result in severe consequences. Refusal includes explicitly saying "no," failing to comply with instructions, or any behavior that prevents the test from being conducted.

 

Penalties for Refusal

  • Immediate License Suspension: 18 months for the second refusal

  • Additional Penalties: May include fines and increased insurance premiums

 

Legal Arguments Based on Refusal

The District Attorney (DA) may argue that your refusal to submit to chemical testing indicates consciousness of guilt. Our attorneys will challenge this argument by examining the circumstances surrounding the refusal and presenting evidence that may justify your actions.

 

Filing a Motion to Suppress Evidence

Protecting Your 4th Amendment Rights

One of the most effective defenses in DUI cases is filing a motion to suppress evidence. This motion argues that the evidence obtained by law enforcement should be excluded because it was collected in violation of your 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. If the police conducted an illegal search without a warrant, probable cause, or consent, any evidence they found may be inadmissible in court.

Challenging Illegal Searches and Seizures

Our attorneys will meticulously review the details of your arrest and the search that led to the discovery of the evidence. We will challenge the legality of the police actions and argue that your 4th Amendment rights were violated. If successful, this can result in the suppression of key evidence, significantly weakening the prosecution's case and potentially leading to the dismissal of charges.

Why Choose Sheridan Lawyers for Your DUI 2nd Offense Defense?

Proven Track Record

Our attorneys have a proven track record of successfully defending clients against DUI 2nd Offense charges in Kennett Square and West Chester, Pennsylvania. We have the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complexities of DUI law and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Personalized Defense Strategy

We understand that every case is unique, and we take the time to understand your specific situation and goals. We develop personalized defense strategies tailored to the details of your case, ensuring the strongest possible defense.

Aggressive Representation

Our attorneys are known for their aggressive representation and unwavering commitment to protecting our clients’ rights. We will challenge the evidence against you, cross-examine witnesses, and explore every possible defense to secure a favorable outcome.

Compassionate Support

Facing a DUI 2nd Offense charge can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Our team is here to provide compassionate support and guidance throughout the entire process. We are dedicated to helping you navigate this challenging time and will be by your side every step of the way.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

If you are facing a DUI 2nd Offense charge in Kennett Square or West Chester, Pennsylvania, don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact Sheridan Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI defense attorneys. We are here to protect your rights and fight for your future.

Our comprehensive and detailed approach ensures that you are well-informed and well-represented at every stage of your DUI case. Trust Sheridan Lawyers to stand by your side and provide the skilled defense you deserve.

First Time DUI

If this is your first DUI, you may be eligible for the first-time offender’s program called ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition). If you are accepted into the ARD Program, you will have the opportunity to expunge your arrest record upon successful completion. You do not have to plead guilty or go to trial. Our goal for our clients in the ARD Program is to steer them to this optimum resolution. Once you complete the ARD Program and have your record expunged, you can get your life back on track.

Contact Us 

If you have been arrested for DUI in Chester County or Delaware County, Sheridan Lawyers' knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense team will give you the advantage you need. Call us today at 484-653-0774 to schedule your free consultation and develop a strategy for your case.

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