Bucks County DUI Attorney

Bucks County is home to roughly 620,000 residents. Local authorities have increased enforcement of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The Bucks County DUI Task Force, established in 1993, is the longest running force devoted to such enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Alcohol-Related Vehicle Accidents[1]

2017

2016

Alcohol-Related Crashes

10,346

10,256

Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes

293

297

Percentage of Overall Fatalities Involving Alcohol

26%

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Being arrested for driving while intoxicated can be traumatic and overwhelming. Many individuals charged with DUI have no prior exposure to the criminal justice system. Common immediate concerns include the impoundment of your car, whether your driver's license is still valid, and uncertainty regarding an upcoming court visit.

Importance of Retaining Experienced Legal Representation for DUI in Bucks County 

If you were arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs it is critical to consult with a seasoned criminal defense attorney. The Lento Law Firm understands that those convicted of DUI face a host of potentially adverse consequences. We will closely analyze the evidence and develop an effective defense strategy.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol § 3802

Individuals are prohibited from driving, operating, or otherwise controlling the motion of a vehicle after consuming alcohol in a quantity that impairs safe operation.

Being Generally Impaired

Individuals are prohibited from driving, operating, or otherwise controlling the motion of a vehicle after consuming alcohol in a quantity resulting in a concentration of between .08% and .10%. This BAC measurement must be obtained within two-hours after vehicle operation.

High Level of Alcohol

Individuals are prohibited from driving, operating, or otherwise controlling the motion of a vehicle after consuming alcohol in a quantity resulting in a concentration of between .10% and .16%. This BAC measurement must be obtained within two-hours after vehicle operation.

Highest Level of Alcohol

Individuals are prohibited from driving, operating, or otherwise controlling the motion of a vehicle after consuming alcohol in a quantity resulting in a concentration exceeding .16%. This BAC measurement must be obtained within two-hours after vehicle operation.

Minor Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol 

Minors are deemed as being over the BAC threshold at .02%

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

Individuals are prohibited from driving, operating, or otherwise controlling the motion of a vehicle when their blood contains:

  • A Schedule I controlled substance
  • A Schedule II or III controlled substance that is not prescribed by a physician
  • Metabolites of scheduled controlled substances
  • Multiple drugs that impair safe vehicle operation
  • A combination of alcohol and a drug that impairs safe vehicle operation
  • Under the influence of “solvent or noxious” substances (examples include benzene, methyl alcohol, nitrous oxide)

Bucks County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)

The Bucks County District Attorney implemented the ARD program. This is an interventional process geared toward first-time offenders with non-violent offenses such as DUI and drug possession. Offenders may avoid any required minimum jail sentences. Those in the program who are subsequently arrested or otherwise violate the rules will face their original charges.

Defense Attorney for DUI in Bucks County

Those charged with DUI should choose aggressive and experienced legal representation. Attorney Joseph D. Lento will ensure your rights are protected and may be able to negotiate a reduction of the charges or have them dismissed. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686.


[1]https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Safety/Documents/2017_CFB_linked.pdf

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