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CLICK HERE TO SEE (2) REASONS WHY YOU MAY NOT NEED TO PAY AN ATTORNEY FOR REPRESENTATION IN A DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CASE

It may not be necessary to hire a paid attorney to represent you in the matter:

  1. If you have been injured previously, and are out of work, you may qualify for a free attorney through the Office of the Public Defender. The Public Defender’s Office provides legal representation, at no cost to you.

  2. If you are unemployed, on disability, a full-time student, or simply financially unable to afford to pay for a private attorney, the Public Defender’s Office will schedule an appointment to determine whether you are “financially qualified” for their services. If the determination is that you are financially qualified, the Public Defender’s  Office will provide legal representation at no cost to you.

Where a first offense case (where ARD is unavailable) has a BAC Greater than 0.10%, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 48 hours in prison. Where the BAC is greater than 0.16%, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 72 hours. Because DUI in Pennsylvania is what is referred to as an “enhanced penalty statute”, each time a person is charged with a DUI, the punishment increases, from 30 days, to 90 days, to one year in prison.

Clearly, with offenses calling for imprisonment, you should consult with and attorney before going to court. When imprisonment is the likely result, you need the assistance of experienced criminal defense attorney, who can negotiate the most favorable terms possible for the disposition of your case.

County Justice Center (Main Courthouse)
201 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6000

Chester County Clerk of Courts
Chester County Justice Center, Suite 1400
201 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6135

Chester County Court Administration
Chester County Justice Center, Suite 4100
201 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6170

Chester County Bail Agency
Chester County Justice Center, Suite 2300
201 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6886

Chester County Adult Probation
Chester County Justice Center, Suite 2100
201 West Market Street
WestChester,PA19380
(610) 344-6290

Chester County Juvenile Probation
Chester County Justice Center, Suite 3100
210 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6295

Pennsylvania State Police Embreeville
997 Lieds Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
(484) 340-3241

Pennsylvania State Police Avondale
2 Moxley Lane
Avondale, PA 19311
(610) 268-2022

Chester County Prison
501 South Wawaset Road
West Chester, PA 19382
(610) 793-1510

Chester County Public Defender
Chester County Justice Center
Suite 2325
(610) 344-6940

To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a criminal matter, call Larry Harmelin for a free consultation, at 610-696-2226, or email him at harmelinesquire @comcast.net.

 

Larry Harmelin, Esquire
212 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
610-696-2226