Why You Should Retain a DUI Attorney

Drunk Driving Terminology

DUI – Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

DWI – Driving while impaired or driving while intoxicated

OWI – Operating while imbibing, intoxicated, or impaired

BAC – Blood alcohol content

Breathalyzer – Machine for a breath test to measure your BAC

CDL – Commercial driver’s license

Attorney John W. Gibson defends clients arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) and DAI (driving after imbibing) in Pennsylvania. Below we would like to enumerate and elaborate on some of the reasons you should consider hiring a DUI defense attorney to represent you against your DUI or DAI charges, including, foremost, the possibility of winning.

Why Hire a DUI Defense Attorney?
There are several reasons to retain a DUI defense attorney if you are arrested for drunk driving, including if you are a minor arrested for DUI or a CDL holder arrested for DUI. Those reasons include the following:

Understanding the Consequences; the Possibility of Winning

The consequences of a DUI conviction can include going to jail, high fines, suspended driver’s license, high insurance rates, and a criminal record.

Because the consequences can be dire, and vary depending on your particular circumstances, an experienced DUI lawyer can help you understand the laws and potential consequences as they apply to you. Experienced representation can also ensure that all the factors surrounding your arrest are fully investigated, such as the possibility that the police lacked probable cause when detaining you at the initial stop.

Experience With DUI Charges

An experienced DUI attorney understands the importance of your BAC at the time of a DUI arrest, and can properly challenge these tests, which can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.

Mr. Gibson has over 25 years’ experience aggressively defending clients charged with DUI. He knows how to properly analyze your case and determine when a plea or a trial is in your best interest.

In addition, our experience becomes more important if you are a repeat offender or if an accident occurred, because the consequences can be even more severe. We can assist you in your quest to limit your damages or penalties, including avoidance of substantial jail time.

Contact an Experienced DUI-DWI-OWI-DAI Defense Lawyer
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin working on your behalf. In many cases, if we represent you in your administrative driver’s license suspension hearing, we can obtain valuable information that may assist us in your criminal defense. There are time limits, so please contact us ASAP.

Underage Drinking and Driving

Underage drinking and driving is a serious charge. We have over 25 years of experience assisting clients. We also have a reputation for aggressively defending our clients’ rights and protecting their legal interests.

For additional information about our qualifications and high level of personalized attention, please visit our Firm Overview page. Also, we invite you to examine our Why You Should Retain a DUI Attorney page, for information on the benefits of retaining an experienced DUI lawyer, or contact us for a free phone consultation.

Why are people so adamant about teenage drinking and driving?
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), a group made of many mothers who lost children because of an alcohol related accident, puts forth the following statistics:

Researchers found that teenage deaths in fatal car crashes dropped considerably – in some cases up to 28% – when the drinking age was changed from 18 to 21.
Like it or not, it is clear that more young people were killed on the highways when the drinking age was 18. Back in 1982, when many of the states had minimum drinking ages of 18, 55% of all fatal crashes involving youth drivers involved alcohol. Since then, the alcohol-related traffic fatality rate has been cut in half!
Research estimates that from 1975-2002 more than 21,000 lives have been saved.

Teenage Drinking and Driving Laws (drinking and driving penalties)
1) For a first offense, to:

(i) undergo imprisonment of not less than 48 consecutive hours nor more than six months;
(ii) pay a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000;
(iii) attend an alcohol highway safety school approved by the department; and
(iv) comply with all drug and alcohol treatment requirements imposed under sections 3814 and 3815.
The penalties become much more severe for repeat offenses. In addition, a conviction can result in a one-year license suspension. If you are a parent, you may also experience a substantial increase in your insurance rates.

Debt Relief Attorney

Does financial strain have you at your wit’s end? Do you have a debt problem? Overwhelmed with debt? Are creditors harassing or threatening you?

Attorney John W. Gibson has over 25 years of experience representing clients throughout the communities in and around Downtown in need of debt relief services.

We understand your anxiety, and have the experience and compassion to provide you with the representation you seek. We are never judgmental, and will take the time to listen to and assess your situation and then offer experienced advice on your best course of action. For information about our firm, our qualifications, and the high level of personal attention we give every client, please visit our Firm Overview page.

Our Debt Relief Practice
Unlike many firms that focus solely on bankruptcy as a means of debt relief, we are a full-service consumer debt relief firm that provides the following debt relief services:

Negotiations Outside of Bankruptcy – If you like, we can negotiate a payment plan with your creditors outside of bankruptcy and can often provide favorable terms to facilitate a structured payment plan, unsecured debt consolidation, or debt settlement tailored to meet your specific needs.
Defending Collection and Foreclosure Suits – If you are being sued for a debt, harassed by a creditor, or threatened with foreclosure, we can help.
Credit Repair – We can assist you in repairing your credit and ensuring that credit agencies are accurately reporting your debts.
Consumer Bankruptcy – We can help you determine if filing bankruptcy would be beneficial and, if so, assist you in filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.