DUI Lawyer serving Luzerne and surrounding counties
Choosing a DUI attorney is an important decision and one that could have a big impact on your future. You need a DUI lawyer who is familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction (whether it be Luzerne, Lackawanna, surrounding counties, or local cities like Kingston, Wilkes-Barre, or Jackson Township) who will fight for you and have your back.
Cappellini Law's attorneys will fight hard to get you the best outcome possible, given the circumstances. They can help with getting a plea bargain, a downgrade of charges or even having your case dismissed altogether.
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DUI Lawyer serving Luzerne, Lackawanna, and surrounding counties
Picking The Right DUI Lawyer who knows the laws in Luzerne, Lackawanna, and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania
Being arrested for DUI can be a terrifying situation that can put your entire future on the line. The state of Pennsylvania has some of the most severe DUI laws and penalties. A first-time offense could sentence you to up to 6 months in jail with up to $5,000 in fines, among other punishments. Sentencing can vary depending on the BAC (blood-alcohol concentration) level and circumstances surrounding your arrest.
Even in the case that you are guilty of DUI, it's best to get legal advice from a Northeast Pennsylvania DUI attorney. An attorney can help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed.
What is a DUI case?
How Do I Know If I Have a DUI Case
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a very serious criminal charge in Pennsylvania since impaired driving puts the lives of many at risk. Depending on factors such as your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC); your criminal record; or whether anyone was killed or severely injured as a result, you could be facing a significant jail sentence and/or hefty fines. In addition, you may lose your driving privileges for a set time and have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed into your car once your license is suspended.
When should I call a DUI lawyer?
How To Know When You Need Representation
Although being charged with driving under the influence may seem fairly common, it doesn't make it any less charge worthy. DUIs are handled in criminal court. You have the right to represent yourself but most defendants choose to hire a private attorney as the outcome is usually better for them. If you cannot afford a private lawyer you may be represented by a public defender.
If you have been arrested for a DUI you should speak with an attorney with experience in DUI cases. DUI law is complicated and varies by area. A DUI attorney who understands the very specific laws of the jurisdiction where your DUI charges were issued will be able to assess your case.
Are you currently evaluating different attorneys for your DUI case? Contact Cappellini Law for a consultation.
What kind of outcome can I expect?
How To Know What To Expect From My DUI Case
Pennsylvania has the strictest laws for DUI violators. Therefore, outcomes can vary from case to case depending upon the situation - ie. your BAC, if anyone was injured or killed, damage. However, using a lawyer that specializes in DUI cases can improve your results and in some cases can even result in dismissal.
An attorney can help with a DUI Plea Bargain if it's not a slam-dunk case for the prosecution. Trials are expensive and take up space on the docket, so the state may rather accept a plea to a lesser charge rather than go through a trial.
A common plea down might be reckless driving if your BAC is under .08 percent. This often means you won't lose your license for a period of time.
However, in more complex cases an attorney can help reduce your sentencing. A complex case is often when the driver's intoxication has lead to damage to property or another person. The courts will often bargain down for a DUI sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. When you are facing charges for your second our third DUI, it can lead to some jail time. Instead of taking the case to trial, the prosecution may be open to reducing the sentence in exchange for a plea deal.
If you have a DUI charge involving drugs other than alcohol, an attorney may be able to negotiate away random drug testing or other conditions of probation instead of jail time.
But, as with plea bargaining, sentence bargaining often will go much smoother when handled by an experienced DUI attorney. Contact Cappellini Law for a consultation. Our experienced attorneys will be able to give you an outlook on your case.
How do I decide which DUI lawyer is right for me?
How To Pick the Right DUI Lawyer
When choosing a DUI attorney, it is important to feel comfortable. You will have a lot of future communication with your lawyer throughout the entire process.
The attorneys at Cappellini Law understand you are human - misjudgment and mistakes happen. We will never talk down to you and will do our best to guide you through your entire case. We will review all of the paperwork you have received, evaluate your case and get you the best outcome possible for your circumstance.
When your future is at stake, you don’t want to take any chances - trust Cappellini Law.
What questions will be answered when I meet with a lawyer for the first time?
What Will a DUI Lawyer Tell Me
At Cappellini Law, the first attorney meeting is taking time to understand your situation, develop your legal claim(s), and determine with you what our strategy would be to resolve your case. We will address and answer all of your questions - no matter how simple or complex! We will give you our professional advice and provide explanations tailored to your situation.
We promise to guide our clients with honest dialogue and compassion. Although it might not be what you were expecting or looking to hear - we won’t hide the legal realities of your case from you. We're here to help you!
What information should I bring to my first consultation?
What Does my DUI Lawyer Need to Know
You should be transparent with your DUI lawyer and bring any paperwork you might have. This might include paperwork from the police, the jail, hospital, your bail bondsman, and anyone else who gave you any paperwork. It’s important for your attorney to see these items. If your first meeting is virtual or over the phone you should scan and email that information to the attorney, or fax it to them.
When do I have to start paying lawyers’ fees?
How Much Does a DUI Lawyer Cost?
When you hire a private DUI lawyer, it’s typically to represent you in criminal court. DUI Lawyers often have an in-depth understanding of DUI law and defenses that other attorneys don’t have. In some cases, this expertise can lead to better results - such as a better plea bargain or dismissal of the charges altogether.
Having a private lawyer can also minimize the time you have to spend in court. In most cases, with private counsel, you won’t have to be present for routine court appearances. For many people not having to miss work to come to court is a significant perk.
Another benefit of hiring an attorney is you’ll typically get more one-on-time than you would with a public defender which makes them feel more comfortable.
Impaired Driving in Pennsylvania
What could it cost me?
Pennsylvania has very strict laws regarding Impaired Driving.