If you have been arrested for a DUI in Cumberland County, you may be wondering what is going to happen next. You are probably scared and confused, and you have lots of questions. In this blog post, we will provide some information about first offense DUIs in Cumberland County. We will answer some of the most common questions that people have about this type of charge. If you are facing a DUI charge, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise you on your best course of action.
What is DUI?
DUI stands for “driving under the influence.” DUI laws vary from state to state, but in general, a DUI charge can be filed against a driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs. In Cumberland County, the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08%. This means that if you are pulled over and your BAC is measured at 0.08% or higher, you can be charged with DUI. You can also be charged with DUI if your blood toxicology results test positive for the presence of THC in your system from having consumed marijuana. Even a combination of an over the counter drug combined with alcohol below the legal limit could get you a DUI these days.
What are the penalties for DUI in Cumberland County?
The penalties for DUI in Cumberland County vary depending on the circumstances of the case. If you are convicted of DUI, you may be subject to any or all of the following penalties:
- License suspension
- Fines and court costs
- Community service
- Jail time
- DUI education classes
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.
A first offense DUI is typically a misdemeanor offense.
What should I do if I am charged with DUI in Cumberland County?
If you are facing a DUI charge in Cumberland County, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. An experienced DUI attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you on the best course of action. DUI cases can be complex, and an attorney can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.
If you have been charged with DUI, contact our office today for a free consultation. The next step after being arrested and charged is your preliminary hearing, typically held at Central Court on Friday mornings in Carlisle on the 5th Floor of the Courthouse. You don't want to go in to that environment and make decisions that could potentially impact every part of the rest of your life without an attorney. Feel free to call us if you want to discuss your options.
What is an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a type of breathalyzer that is installed in a vehicle. In order to start the vehicle, the driver must blow into the device. If the device detects alcohol on the driver's breath, the vehicle will not start. IIDs are typically required for DUI offenders who have been convicted of multiple DUI offenses or who had a high BAC at the time of their arrest.
Contact our office today.
If you have been charged with DUI in Cumberland County, contact our office today for a free consultation. We are here to help you through this difficult time. Our experienced DUI attorneys will review your case and advise you on your best course of action. Call us today at (717) 202-2277.