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Many people think that driving under the influence charges are only for those who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, however, this is untrue; driving under the influence of drugs is also illegal. If you are currently facing drug DUI charges, you can depend on our knowledgeable Pittsburgh drug DUI lawyer to fight for your rights, every step of the way. Contact the Law Offices of George Heym today to learn more about these charges and how we can help you fight them.

Should I Hire a Pittsburgh Drug DUI Lawyer?

Drug DUIs can be just as damaging to a person’s freedom and record as alcohol-related DUIs, which is why if you’ve been charged with a DUI, you should not make the mistake of proceeding without an experienced Allegheny County DUI lawyer on your side.

Drugged Driving Defined Under PA Law

Pennsylvania law is very clear about driving under the influence of drugs. PA law essentially says that if you drive or are in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs to an extent where it impairs your ability to drive or have any amount of a controlled substance in your blood, you may receive a DUI.

Consequences of Drug DUI Charges in Pennsylvania

Depending on whether this is your first, second, third, or subsequent offense, you will face a wide variety of penalties. For a first-offense drug DUI, you will face the following penalties:

  • Misdemeanor
  • Mandatory minimum 72 hours of incarceration
  • A 12-month suspension of your driver’s license
  • A fine between $1,000 and $5,000
  • Potential court-ordered treatment
  • Potential community service
  • Potential enrollment in alcohol highway safety program
  • 1 year with the ignition interlock device

For a second drug DUI offense in Pennsylvania, you can expect to face the following penalties:

  • 1st-grade misdemeanor
  • Mandatory minimum 90 days of incarceration
  • An 18-month suspension of your driver’s license
  • A fine between $1,500 and $10,000
  • Potential court-ordered treatment
  • Potential community service
  • Potential enrollment in alcohol highway safety program
  • 1 year with the ignition interlock device

Finally, for a third or subsequent drug DUI conviction in Pennsylvania, you will face the following penalties:

  • Felony
  • Mandatory minimum 1 year of incarceration
  • An 18-month suspension of your driver’s license
  • A fine between $2,500 and $10,000
  • Potential court-ordered treatment
  • Potential community service
  • Potential enrollment in alcohol highway safety program
  • 1 year with the ignition interlock device

Potential Defenses Against Drug DUI Charges

With an experienced Pittsburgh drug DUI lawyer on your side, you will have a wide array of potential defenses at your disposal. Some of the most common defenses/actions we can take to help disproved drugged driving allegations are as follows:

  • Prove that law enforcement did not issue a field sobriety test
  • Prove that law enforcement incorrectly administered a field sobriety test
  • Prove that your arrest was unconstitutional
  • Prove that law enforcement did not have a valid reason to stop you
  • Prove that blood or urine tests produced a “false positive”
  • Prove that blood or urine tests did not contain a sufficient amount of the substance to warrant a drug DUI conviction

Contact a Pittsburgh Drug DUI Lawyer

Our firm has fought for countless individuals in Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County who’ve been charged with drug DUIs in the past, and we are ready to fight for you today. Contact the Law Office of George Heym so we can analyze your case and determine the best defense going forward.

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Client Testimonials

“DUI case June 28, 2011- I extremely recommend hiring George Heym. He was entirely honest and great at spending thorough time on the phone. He gave me his personal cell phone so that any time, day or night if I was nervous or had a question about something, he would be able to answer it. Before I eve...”

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“The Pennsylvania DUI legal process is much more complicated and confusing than I would expect. George made this process easy to navigate and helped to make things as straightforward as they could be for me. I was trying to deal with the legal process of getting a DUI in Pennsylvania after moving out...”

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