Respected and Experienced DUI Lawyers in PA and NJ
We Are Bucks County DUI Attorneys Serving Those Who Have Been Arrested for Drunk Driving, DUI or DWI Charges in Doylestown and Surrounding Areas
Across the country, DUI / DWI laws are becoming stricter. If you’ve been stopped for driving under the influence, you cannot afford to proceed without consulting a trustworthy experienced DUI defense attorney. Challenging a DUI charge is possible. Did the officer have the right to stop your vehicle? Did he have the right to have you step from your vehicle? Ask you to perform field sobriety testing? Arrest you? Request that you submit to a chemical test of either your blood or breath? These questions need to be reviewed by an experienced, aggressive attorney who is trained to detect the flaws in the Commonwealth’s case against you. Our attorneys are on the cutting edge of the law. We attend and participate in frequent updates on the law. If you chose to do nothing or do not use a qualified DUI / DWI lawyer, you are much more likely to be convicted of a DUI. Even on your first offense, you’ll face costly fines, license revocation and jail time if convicted. Additionally, you may have to complete alcohol safety courses and community service. Penalties for subsequent offenses become significantly greater including mandatory imprisonment. We can help facilitate alternatives to you going to jail due to a DUI conviction. We have been practicing law for over 35 years and, having handled thousands of DUI cases, starting with the preliminary hearing through trial phases including appeals, we have extensive trial experience pertaining to DUI / DWI in the criminal justice system. We possess the qualifications and experience needed to successfully resolve your charges. If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI / DWI in Bucks County or one of the surrounding counties call one of our experienced trial attorneys at Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier.
If you are arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Bucks County, you’ll need help from a highly qualified attorney to fight for your rights. At Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier, we work aggressively to protect our clients’ rights and achieve the best possible outcomes. And we treat our clients with respect and dignity as they deal with criminal charges.
Penalties for DUI convictions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
The penalties for being convicted of DUI or other criminal charges such as traffic violations or drug crimes vary by state and even county. In Pennsylvania, the penalty structure is complicated and depends largely on the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and the number of offenses. Please refer to our reference sheet for details on Bucks County penalties, or talk to the firm if you’re located in one of the surrounding counties, as there may be differences.
In New Jersey, the penalties for DUI are also based largely upon the offender’s BAC and number of offenses. The structure is as follows:
- First offense with a BAC of .08 percent – .10 percent
- Fine of $250-$400; jail sentence of not more than 30 days at the discretion of the court; 12-48 hours must be spent at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center over the course of two days; three-month license suspension
- First offense with a BAC of .10% or more
- Fine of $300-$500; jail sentence of not more than 30 days at the discretion of the court; 12-48 hours must be spent at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center over the course of two days; license suspension between seven months and a maximum of one year
- Second offense
- Fine of $500-$1,000; jail sentence of no less than 48 hours; two-year license suspension; 30 days community service
- Third offense
- Fine of $1,000; jail sentence of no less than 180 days in county workhouse; 10-year license suspension
How we help you
The criminal defense lawyers of Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier participate in and teach at cutting edge symposia on DUI and DWI; we have the most current information on changes in the law, its variations from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and how to identify a questionable case. We take no DUI charge lightly, and we advocate passionately for our clients. Furthermore, our network of exceptionally qualified experts can help analyze your case, determine when forensic evidence is not strong, and get the charges reduced or dismissed.
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NJ DUI Penalties
In New Jersey, one may receive a citation for driving under the influence (DUI) for operating a motor vehicle or boar with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or greater.
Mandatory fines and penalties
*IDRC – Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
*AERF – Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
Source: State of New Jersey, Motor Vehicle Commission, DUI: Driving Under the Influence, http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Violations/dui.htm.
New Jersey has an implied consent law. If you refuse a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension.
PA DUI Penalties
* fines and penalties are in addition to penalties and fines prescribed for initial DUI offense
Newtown, PA DUI Lawyers Who Make a Difference
Qualified, respected, responsive. The criminal defense attorneys of Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier get results. Office locations in Newtown, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey make us easily accessible to clients throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County and Mercer County. For more information, or to consult with a lawyer regarding your DUI charge, contact our firm today or call us.