We Will Fight Your DUI/DWI Charge
If you have been charged with drunk driving in Scranton or the surrounding areas, you want a DUI defense attorney on your side who knows the legal system. You need someone who will work hard to protect you and understands how every potential consequence may affect your life. It is critical to work with a law firm that commits to protecting your record, your reputation, and your rights.
With more than a decade of legal experience and service to the northeastern region of Pennsylvania, Craig P. Kalinoski of Kalinoski Law Offices P.C. has earned a reputation throughout the region as an attorney who provides personalized attention to clients of all ages — including those under 21 — and professions through detailed counsel, aggressive negotiation and skilled trial tactics. To work with a lawyer and firm committed to your needs, contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Potential DUI Consequences You May Face in Scranton and the Surrounding Areas
The consequences for even a first-time DUI conviction can be severe, including:
- A criminal record. These are reportable on job applications and other situations that can affect future opportunities
- A minimum of two days in jail. You can receive more jail time depending on the circumstances and other charges you may also be facing
- Probation for a period of a year or more
- A driver’s license suspension of 12 to 18 months
- Required installation of an ignition interlock
- Points on your driver’s license
- Higher insurance rates
- Court costs and other fees
- Damage to your reputation in the community
Drunk Driving/DUI Defense By a Thorough Criminal Defense Lawyer
In many cases, criminal defense Attorney Kalinoski may be able to negotiate to have a first-time offender enrolled in an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. This is an alcohol treatment program that can help you avoid a jail sentence. It can also reduce your potential license suspension anywhere from zero to 30 days, depending on your blood alcohol concentration level at the time of the arrest.
Furthermore, it is important to understand that even a successful ARD program completion will stay on your record, which is why it is crucial to have an experienced DUI defense lawyer like Craig Kalinoski on your side. Upon completion of the ARD program, attorney Kalinoski can petition the court for expungement of your arrest record.
After 10 years, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will expunge ARD records as long as the individual’s operating privileges are never revoked as a habitual offender and/or the person was not a commercial driver at the time of the violation.
But even before the ARD program becomes an option, he will carefully examine all the facts to see if there are any factors that he can and should challenge. Afterward, this may lead to a reduction or dismissal of the charges or any consequences you are facing. From challenging field sobriety tests, chemical test results, and other critical components, our goal is always to minimize the consequences you are facing and keep your record clean.
Speak With a Knowledgeable Wilkes-Barre, Scranton DUI Defense Lawyer Today
Our firm welcomes the opportunity to review the facts of your DUI case. We can answer your questions during a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Attorney Craig Kalinoski will provide you with a straightforward assessment and recommend the best steps to take. Call 570-207-4000 or use our contact form today to schedule an appointment.