Legal Toolkit Pennsylvania D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense

What to Do About D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense

a

Do not answer police questions without the representation and advice of an attorney. Even seemingly innocent or conversational answers to questions from the police can be used against you later. Politely decline to answer any questions until you can speak to an attorney.

b

If you are being investigated for a role in a crime or believe you may soon be charged with a crime, keep in mind that you don't know whether your are being questioned as a witness or a suspect, and the investigator may not know either.

c

That being said, the investigator does not alway have to read you your Miranda rights, and you should not consent to the questioning. Ask if you are a suspect; ask if you are free to go; ask if you are free to not answer the questions, and ask for a lawyer. Pittsburgh LawyerFinder lists many qualified criminal defense attorneys who can help you navigate the legal issues. Remember that it is the investigator's job to get enough information to support probable cause for an arrest warrant or a criminal complaint so that an arrest can be made.

d

Be honest with your attorney about your situation and any actions you may have taken. Your attorney cannot help you effectively if he or she doesn’t have all the facts of the case from you – especially the ones you think hurt you the worst.

e

If you are pulled over under a suspicion of D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence- this applies to both alcohol and controlled substances), remember that Pennsylvania has an Implied Consent Law. This law basically states that by being a licensed driver in Pennsylvania you are agreeing to submit to a blood, urine or breath test. If you fail to submit to the test know that you may be facing up to three days in jail and an automatic one-year suspension of your driver’s license.