An overwhelming array of potential legal penalties, information, responsibilities and options confront alleged DUI first offenders. One misstep can make the difference between a conviction and dismissal of charges, and keeping and losing your right to drive.
At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, in Harrisburg, we are highly experienced in defending first- and second-offense DUI/DWI charges. Our experience includes:
- Handling at least 100 DUI cases a year
- Prosecution of at least 500 DUI cases when senior partner Jeff Engle served as an assistant district attorney
- The defense of at least 1,500 DUI cases to date
Have you been charged with first-offense DUI? Contact the lawyers at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, at 717-827-4074 for experienced legal help.
Strategies Based On Your Unique Experience
We are skilled in a number of strategies relating to DUI defense, from questioning police procedures to pursuing entry into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. Our clients have been accused of DUI for misunderstandings as basic as testing positive for alcohol use after consuming a Listerine pocket pack freshener. We can subpoena police records and question all processes, including adherence to the law that requires police officers to wait 20 minutes before administering a breath test.
The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program
ARD is a pre-trial diversionary program that allows first-time DUI offenders to avoid jail time and a criminal record in exchange for:
- A probationary period
- Fees and court costs
- Completion of community service
- Completion of Alcohol Safety School
We have helped hundreds of clients through the ARD process. When facts and evidence suggest a conviction is likely, we can work effectively to keep you out of jail and keep your record clean.
We Work With Both In- And Out-Of-State Clients
Pennsylvania participates in the Driver's License Compact, which is a 41-state agreement allowing for the sharing of traffic and DUI violation information from state to state. This means that, if you are a resident of another state facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, you will likely face legal penalties in your home state as well as Pennsylvania if convicted of DUI.
If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact the experienced criminal defense law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Office, LLC. We provide free initial consultations, are available for evening and weekend appointments, and operate two offices for your convenience. To contact an attorney, call 717-827-4074.
Learn more about DUI charges in Pennsylvania on our Criminal Law Blog.