DUI Defense Lawyer in Northampton County
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If you are facing a DUI charge in Northampton County, you need an experienced attorney to review your case and one that is ready to fight for you. Attorney Charles Dutko is a former police officer who has experience in conducting sobriety checkpoints and traffic stops. Whether you were stopped at a checkpoint or singled out because of a motor vehicle violation, Attorney Dutko will review your case and determine the best course of action for you.
An experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense lawyer can raise many legal issues in your defense and help you limit the consequences you are faced with. Additionally, every DUI case is unique and should be reviewed by an attorney to consider the specific circumstances to determine the best approach for your defense. And this helps to ensure that you are not being wrongly accused, denied certain legal privileges, or being punished too severely for your crime. So, don't hesitate to reach out for help with a DUI charge in Northampton County.
Possible DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania
FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE ▪ 18 MONTH LICENSE SUSPENSION
UP TO 7 YEARS IN PRISON ▪ UP TO $15,000 FINE
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Here at Dutko Law, we know all about drunk driving defenses. The Pennsylvania legislature has adopted a “tier” system within the DUI statute. And the different subsections in the DUI statute are determined by the substance within your body, the amount of substance within your body, and on the number of DUI convictions within the past 10 years.
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Being arrested for DUI does not mean that you will be convicted. And you may be eligible for entry into a program that allows you to serve a term of probation and earn a dismissal of the charges.
In 2016, in Birchfield v. North Dakota, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a blood draw, incident to a DUI arrest, is a constitutionally protected search subject to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement. The ruling held that laws that provide for an increased criminal penalty for refusing to provide a blood sample are unconstitutional.
This ruling greatly impacts how District Attorney’s offices are prosecuting DUIs.
Many are willing to drop the charge down to a general impairment and charge the defendant under the lowest tier.
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Attorney Charles Dutko is one of the few Northampton County DUI attorneys that also formerly worked as a police officer. As a police officer, Attorney Dutko looked for drivers that were driving while impaired. So, this means he has a full understanding of the processes involved in a DUI offense, both from the position of a police officer and as a defense attorney.
As a police officer, Attorney Dutko pulled over individuals and participated in sobriety checkpoints. Also, he conducted field sobriety tests, determined whether the driver was impaired, and initiated charges against defendants. Due to this prior experience, Charles Dutko is the defense attorney you want on your side. Plus, we understand the processes of DUI offenses, and better still, know Pennsylvania law.
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Moreover, Attorney Dutko fully understands what police look for to develop probable cause to initiate a vehicle stop. The strength of many DUI cases lies in the officer’s ability to establish probable cause for the initial traffic stop. And a DUI defense attorney that is able to refute the vehicle stop, can often get the charges dismissed or reduced during plea negotiations.
If you are fighting a DUI Charge in Northampton County, including Bethlehem, Easton, Walnutport, Wind Gap, Nazareth, and Bangor — Charles Dutko is the DUI lawyer to call.
When you're facing a DUI in Northampton County, don’t let the police or prosecutor convince you to take a plea and don’t think you can handle your defense alone. Call Dutko Law, LLC and put Attorney Dutko’s DUI experience to work for you.