Being arrested for drunk driving in Butler County and throughout Pennsylvania can have long-term ramifications on a person's life. With the possible jail sentence, fines, lost driving privileges and more, it is imperative that there be a strong defense against the allegations immediately. This is true regardless of the circumstances, whether there was an accident, or if there are multiple DWI charges lodged against the individual. No matter what, it is essential to have legal assistance.
A 53-year-old woman was arrested for DWI after a slow-speed chase with law enforcement. The incident occurred at night at around 8:45 p.m. A patrolman received a call about a driver in an SUV who was moving recklessly. The vehicle nearly crashed into a guardrail. He turned on his overhead lights and pursued the vehicle. After the driver came close to hitting a stop sign, he used his siren. Other officers were called for backup. The woman made a left heading toward her residence, but failed to stop.
The driver was said to have come close to several crashes in the chase - it did not surpass 30 mph - and almost had head-on accidents. Using three vehicles, the road was shut down and the driver was boxed in. When they investigated, they found the female driver and her elderly mother in the passenger seat. They smelled alcohol and gave the driver a test to determine her blood-alcohol content. It registered 0.18 percent which is more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent. She faces felony DWI charges.
When there is a DWI arrest and they reach the level of felony, it is crucial to examine every aspect of the case to formulate an effective defense. There are numerous areas to consider including the circumstances of the traffic stop, whether the person's rights were violated, the validity of the field sobriety tests and other considerations. No matter the situation, there are alternatives available including a potential plea bargain. Calling a law firm that has helped many with their DUI defense is key and should be the first step after an arrest.