Every criminal case is different. There are multiple factors to consider and laws that impact the charges in a case and sentencing that could occur if a conviction is secured. In particular, an accused’s previous history often impacts how a drunk driving case will be handled. If it’s the first offense, the potential consequences are less severe, but repeated offenses can result in more serious and longer sentences. One Pennsylvania man was recently charged with his sixth DUI offense, complicating his defense case.
The 50-year-old man was stopped for a traffic offense. He allegedly ran a red light and after suspicions of drunk driving, field sobriety tests were performed. The man reportedly failed the tests. In addition, a blood alcohol test supposedly indicated that the man’s blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit.
Complicating his case are his five previous offenses. According to records, his first offense dates back to 1990. In some of his cases, he pleaded guilty to the charges. With the different offenses, he has served time in prison, paid fines and had his license suspended.
No matter if it is an individual’s first or sixth drunk driving charge, Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys are experienced with handling cases. After reviewing the collected evidence of a case and the charges filed, an attorney can advise a client regarding the best defense strategy. Attorneys often prove to be an asset to clients, even where a guilty plea or conviction cannot be avoided because they can sometimes negotiate for some charges to be dropped and/or the sentencing to be lessened.