Former DUI Prosecutor In Western Pennsylvania
If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), the next few decisions you make will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. You will be trusting your lawyer to help you get through this with the best possible outcome. At PennLaw, LLC, you get experience you can rely on.
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Attorney Stephen M. Misko is a former prosecutor who has been involved in thousands of DUI cases on both sides of the courtroom. Our firm will use our experience and knowledge of Pennsylvania laws and local judges and prosecutors to fight aggressively to protect your rights and your driving future.
It is critically important to get your lawyer involved early. Contact us right away.
We Handle Your Case By Looking At Three Important Factors
Every DUI case offers a new set of circumstances, but each one has variables in common that we explore when seeking a positive outcome.
First, we will look at the arresting officer’s decision to make the traffic stop. Did the police have probable cause or reasonable suspicion to pull you over? Did they violate any of your Fourth Amendment rights regarding probable cause for making an arrest? We will investigate every detail of their decision, from the moment they activate their overheads, to determine whether your charges can be dismissed or reduced because of a violation of your rights.
Second, we will move our investigation from the traffic stop to the officer’s decision to administer a field sobriety test. We will examine the officer’s decision to ask you to step out of your car. What was said at the scene, how was the test administered, how were the results interpreted? Pennsylvania laws are specific, but decisions are often subject to an officer’s own opinions and biases.
Finally, we will investigate what happened after the arrest. Did the officer have probable cause to arrest you? We look at the blood alcohol content (BAC) results and how the testing procedures were done. What hospital did you go to for the blood test? Did you fully understand your rights before you took the test? Any abnormal test procedure may result in having your charges dismissed or reduced.
Alcohol and Drug DUI’s require completely different evidentiary assessments, and a defense is based on your findings and lab evidence submitted in a case.
Evidence Can Be Manipulated By The Prosecutor; Experience Is Critical
Every DUI case goes beyond the facts in evidence. A successful defense often hinges as much on your constitutional rights as on the “facts” presented by the prosecutor.
That’s why your lawyer’s experience on both sides of the DUI courtroom is so important. We know how police and prosecutors gather and interpret evidence. We also know that mistakes in judgment and procedure often lead to an acquittal. We look beyond the facts, to protect your rights and tell your story.
Call our office in Butler or Pittsburgh at 724-602-4583 or contact us by email to schedule a free consultation. We represent people charged with DUI throughout western Pennsylvania.