Pittsburgh DUI Attorney

Pittsburgh DUI Attorney

Pittsburgh DUI Attorney



Call Pittsburgh’s DUI law firm:  At PGHLAW  attorney, STEVEN C. TOWNSEND, will fight for you and save more than just your license.  Don’t let a DUI destroy your life or jeopardize your job.





Some of your friends or loved ones may advise you to represent yourself in court if this is your first offense, or to retain an attorney who does not concentrate their practice in DUI. However, given the deceptively complex nature of the charges, and their heavy consequences, you could find yourself without a driver’s license or in jail without really understanding what you (or your lawyer) did (or didn’t do) to place you in that situation.  Call the Pittsburgh DUI Attorney Steven C. Townsend for a free consultation.

  • DUI – Alcohol

  • DUI – Drugs (prescription / non-prescription)

  • CDL Drivers License

  • Homicide by Vehicle

  • Aggravated Assault by Vehicle

  • Underage Violations

  • DUI Court

  • Field Sobriety Tests

  • Sobriety Checkpoints – Roadblocks

  • DUI Video and Audio Recordings

  • Miranda Warnings

  • PA DUI Refusal – Birchfield

  • Ignition Interlock




You could accept a plea bargain that you shouldn’t accept under the circumstances. You could make a critical mistake that prevents you from getting your license back in a timely manner.  Pennsylvania arrest and criminal records will generally remain for the rest of your life. Consequently, you could also spend the rest of your life learning the “hard way,” in hindsight, about the consequences of the potentially poor decisions you made without the benefit of competent DUI defense counsel. By that time, however, the damage will have already been done. 


Pennsylvania DUI law changed in October of 2003 when the allowable BAC was lowered from .10% to a BAC of .08%. Then on February 1, 2004, a series of new penalties went into effect for those who get convicted of Pennsylvania DUI (or driving under the influence in Pennsylvania). The new penalties fall into a new three tier punishment system throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Consequences that can flow from a DUI arrest and prosecution include: loss of your driver’s license, heavy fines, court costs and extensive administrative fees, probation, jail or state prison, vehicle impoundment or forfeiture, an ignition interlock device put on your car, etc.  Pennsylvania treats Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) seriously. The DUI laws are strict.

Aside from the more obvious legal consequences of dealing with the police, the courts, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”), there are practical consequences that often flow from a DUI arrest or conviction. Since DUI is a crime, and a DUI conviction will give you a permanent “criminal” record, you could lose your job or be prevented certain future employment – especially if it is State job, is law enforcement associated, or involves driving. If you are a commercial driver, you could lose your privilege to drive commercially for at least one year. A DUI conviction can cause your insurance rates to skyrocket; sometimes insurance companies will cancel your coverage altogether. There are other, “hidden” DUI penalties, such as limitations on travel outside of the state or abroad. A DUI prosecution and conviction may bring community service and substance abuse treatment.


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Pennsylvania DUI Law Tier 1:

Tier 1 is considered General Impairment. General impairment is meant to describe those with BAC levels between .08% and .099%, and no property damage resulting from the DUI offense.

Pennsylvania DUI Law Tier 2:

Tier 2 is considered a high rate of blood alcohol. This is for those with BAC levels between .10% and .159% (the BAC level must be measured within 2 hours of actually operating the vehicle), and those with resultant property damage or personal injury from the DUI offense. Even those with General Impairment BAC levels (less than .10%) can be placed in the Tier 2 category if there was property damage or personal injury.

Commercial drivers with a .04% BAC level and above and minors (under age 21) with BAC levels at or above .02% will also be considered Tier 2.

Pennsylvania DUI Law Tier 3:

Tier 3 is reserved for the highest BAC level offenders. A Blood Alcohol Concentration of .16% or greater that is measured within 2 hours of operating a motor vehicle will land you in a Tier 3 status. Anyone who refuses to submit to a chemical test and have their BAC measured will be placed into Tier 3 status as well. In addition to a high BAC, any illegal drug(s) (if prescription drugs you must have a valid prescription) will also land you in Tier 3 status.

Pennsylvania DUI Punishments


Pennsylvania DUI ARD Program

In Pennsylvania, there’s another route for dealing with a DUI called the ARD program. ARD stands for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition. This program is for first-time offenders, including DUI offenders, who would like to avoid the lengthy process of a trial and accept some alternate consequences.

If you have any of the following questions, please contact us for a free consultation. stownsend@pghlaw.com or toll free at 877-900-5336


Let us answer your questions.


I just got arrested for a State of Pennsylvania DUI offense.  What happens now?

Will my Pennsylvania driver license be revoked / suspended?

What happens if I get caught driving while my license is suspended / revoked?

I really need to drive.  Will I be able to get a restricted / conditional / probationary / occupational limited license?

Is a DUI in Pennsylvania a misdemeanor or felony charge?

What type of penalties might I face if I am convicted of a Pennsylvania DUI charge?

Will my defense lawyer be able to plea bargain / negotiate my Pennsylvania DUI charge down to another (lesser) offense?

What about Pennsylvania‘s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)?

Will aa Pennsylvania DUI go on “my driving record?

Just how much jail / prison time will I have to do if I am convicted of a DUI in Pennsylvania?

I am licensed to drive in a state other than Pennsylvania and I was cited for a DUI in Pennsylvania.  Will my driver license be suspended?

What happens if I was on probation for another offense when I was arrested for my Pennsylvania DUI?

Will I have to install an Ignition Interlock Device on my car?

What will a Pennsylvania DUI do to my insurability?

Restore your driving privileges

Attorney Steven Townsend


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