In Pennsylvania, driving while under the influence of alcohol ( DUI / DWI ) is a criminal offense. When you are convicted of a DUI, you face stiff penalties and numerous negative effects on the quality of your life. When you get a DUI conviction, you face fines, jail time, driver’s license suspensions, and increased insurance costs. Aside from legal and financial costs, you also face the social stigmas associated with DUI and having a criminal conviction. If you have been charged with a DUI offense in Western Pennsylvania, you need to have an experienced DUI lawyer.
When charged with driving under the influence, many tend to underestimate the serious nature of the charges. Some think that a DUI is a minor charge that is easy to fight. Although DUIs may have been handled with a slap on the wrist in the past, some DUIs are charged as felonies and many convictions now come with severe, mandatory penalties. It is even possible to be convicted of DUI when the only thing in your system is a prescription medication.
If you are charged with a DUI, you face possible jail time, fines, and driver license suspensions. This is why it is important to have an experienced DUI attorney. Attorneys with experience with drunk driving cases are familiar with the DUI laws, the tests and procedures police use, and the methods district attorneys use to prosecute drunk driving cases. This knowledge makes it possible for an experienced DUI attorney to get the best result possible for their clients.
During his years of practice, William R. Bickerton has successfully defended individuals charged with DUI. While with the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, Attorney Bickerton served as the Office’s DUI Court Attorney. Attorney Bickerton also worked on a team that challenged the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s DUI statute.
Attorney Bickerton has had tremendous success in getting not guilty verdicts and negotiating plea deals that are fair to his clients.
If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact DUI Defense Attorney William R. Bickerton at (412) 596-8124 or complete the form below for a case evaluation.
Bickerton Law is conveniently located in Ross Township near McCandless in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.