Drug DUI Defense in York, PA


In York, PA and around the country, attitudes towards marijuana and other drug use are currently in a period of transition. Unfortunately, one side effect has been the downplaying of risks associated with driving under the influence.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that, in Pennsylvania, a marijuana DUI is treated exactly the same as an alcohol-related offense. Consequences of a conviction may include fines, jail time and the loss of your license for an extended period of time.

Police are cracking down on drug DUIs in Pennsylvania.

In 2011, 28% of DUI arrests involved the use of marijuana, prescription pills or other drugs. In 2012, that number rose to 31%, reflecting a steady increase over the past few years. While young motorists are generally becoming more educated about the effects of drinking and driving, drugged driving has not received the same amount of attention. As a result, many individuals are surprised to discover that, not only can they be charged with a marijuana DUI, but the fines are also potentially as severe as they are for alcohol-related offenses.

Because there is no agreed-upon way to accurately measure how high someone is, charges for driving under the influence of drugs in PA are the same as they are for a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.160 — the highest tier of offense in the state. A first-time drug DUI conviction can lead to 72 hours in jail, fines up to $5,000 and a one-year license suspension. If you’ve been charged, it’s critical to retain effective legal representation.

MPL Law Firm can give you an honest assessment of your options.

There’s a lot to consider when facing a drug DUI charge in York, PA. Factors such as the nature of the incident and your driving and criminal history can all impact the outcome of your case. A skilled lawyer will review these potential issues with you as part of your preliminary meeting.

In many cases, there are ways to fight a DUI for prescription drugs or marijuana use. Roadside testing for drugs is imperfect, and it’s sometimes possible to get this evidence thrown out. Another possibility is to pursue probation before judgment, which is when you’ll agree to a set of conditions — such as addiction counseling or community service, for example. Once you fulfill the set of conditions, your record can be expunged.

At MPL Law, we sympathize with the difficult circumstances many of our clients face. Part of that sympathy, however, requires us to be honest about your options and your chances for success. If you’ve been charged with a drug DUI, contact our lawyers for immediate assistance. We’ll review your case and help determine the best way to discretely put the incident behind you.

If we make the mutual decision to work together, you’ll receive skilled representation without judgment every step of the way. Call our York, PA office today to schedule your consultation.

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