Is driving under the influence of drugs more serious than driving under the influence of alcohol in Bucks County?

In Bucks County, if you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs, it is important to know the differences between your drugged driving arrest versus a drunk driving arrest. While the laws are very similar, there are some significant differences that can play a major part in your case. For instance, drugged driving charges with be placed in the highest "tier" for purposes of sentencing, so the penalties are higher than typical drunk driving charges.

Experienced Bucks County DUI attorney Joseph D. Lento is highly experienced in the area of criminal defense and is here to answer your questions, as well as represent you in your criminal case. You do not have to face this difficult time by yourself.

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With more than a decade of experience working in various roles in the Pennsylvania justice system, Joseph Lento is a qualified Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney with a comprehensive knowledge of how a criminal case operates from start to finish, and beyond.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Bucks County and need a comprehensive, customized defense, contact the attorneys at Lento Law Firm. Joseph Lento built his practice on the ideals of customer service and justice and he will fight for your rights and freedom. Call (215) 535-5353 today to schedule your free consultation and discover what Joseph Lento can do to clear your name.

Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving in Bucks County

There are some important differences in how a drugged driving charge will be handled versus a drunk driving charge. Drugged driving charges are handled through a "per se" style limit, where if a certain level of metabolites of a drug is in your blood at the time you are driving, you can be charged with DUI even without other proof that you were intoxicated. Because of how drug metabolites stay in the blood for a long period of time, you may have ingested the drugs days ago, and still be charged (especially with marijuana).

Penalty Differences

The primary difference has to do with the penalty levels. In DUI sentencing, there are 3 "tiers." A typical first time drunk driving DUI with a relatively low-level BAC will be in the first tier, subject to the following penalties:

  • Up to six months of probation
  • $300 fine
  • Alcohol highway safety school
  • Drug or alcohol treatment (if ordered)

However, drugged driving charges are automatically put into the third tier, even when it is a first-time offense for a DUI. As a result, a first-time drugged DUI carries the following penalties:

• Imprisonment up to 6 months and a misdemeanor conviction
• Minimum $1,000 fine; maximum of $5,000
• One year driver's license suspension
• Attend an alcohol highway safety school
• Drug & Alcohol assessment and compliance with all drug and alcohol treatment requirements

A Bucks County, PA Defense Attorney At Your Side

When you face DUI charges in Bucks County you deserve to have your rights protected. Joseph D. Lento is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights. If you are facing criminal charges, contact us today at 215-535-5353.

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