Bucks County Crimes Defended by Bucks County Criminal Lawyers
DUI Crimes in Bucks County
The most charged crime in Bucks County is Driving under the Influence. The penalties differ depending on what is alleged to have been in your system and if you have any prior DUI’s.
Typically, if a person is not eligible for the first-time offenders program via ARD in Bucks County (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is a pre-trial criminal disposition involving fines, probation and no jail), the case should be handled aggressively. There are a multitude of potential defenses to beat a Bucks County DUI, but the work must start early.
If a police officer or Trooper in Bucks County illegally or unconstitutionally stopped, your Bucks County charges may get thrown out for the illegality of the stop. Other critical issues in a DUI in Bucks County involve evidence. Blood results and the testing of the blood can be suppressed (see Bucks County Criminal Process) if the tests and custody of the blood were improper.
DUI cases in Bucks County do not require the reading of Miranda Rights. Miranda Rights are only given at times when an officer has a criminal suspect in custody (or in a custodial situation) and is about to interrogate the individual. A custodial situation is when an individual’s freedom of movement is restrained and they are not free to leave, judged by a “free to leave” test. In DUI cases, questions by the officer are prior to the individual being in custody or in a custodial situation. The law generally states, as stretched in theory as it is, that a roadside DUI stop is only at an investigative stage, rather than a custodial situation.
Drug Crimes In Bucks County
If you are arrested on a drug crime in Bucks County and you, your friend, or partner had possession or access of a firearm, you face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years (in both PA and Federal court). (Source: 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 9712.1).
Although not part of a criminal conviction, PENNDOT may suspend your license if you are convicted of a drug charge. If you receive a letter from PENNDOT regarding your license, it is advisable that you immediately contact a license suspension attorney to prepare an administrative appeal. Do not let your drug conviction affect your ability to drive, work, and live.
Juvenile crimes in Bucks are particularly different than the traditional Bucks County crime. The process for juvenile crimes in Bucks County is different and you should see a Bucks County Juvenile Crimes Lawyer for special assistance.
Additional Bucks County Theft and Defense
We have represented hundreds of theft cases in Bucks County. The penalties are dependent upon the alleged value that was taken.
Federal Drug Charges
The vast majority of drug crimes are prosecuted by the state and, in Bucks County, by the Bucks County District Attorney. Most drug crime attorneys in Bucks County agree that federal law enforcement normally works drug cases of significant size (i.e. 1,000+ kilos), when there is importing/exporting of drugs, or when it becomes part of an ongoing investigation (i.e. when you have an investigation into a large, multi-state criminal enterprise).
There are no mandatory minimums for federal court. The court is provided guidelines, but the federal judge may increase/decrease the penalties based on a variety of situations, including, but not limited to, previous criminal record, extent of participation, and abuse of power and trust.
Traffic Violations/Driving While Suspended
Some people consider traffic violations and tickets for driving while suspended to be insignificant. But, the violation can potentially include jail time (if DUI suspended) and additional 1 year license suspension. The cases are very serious for individuals looking to stay out of jail and maintain a clean Pennsylvania driver’s license.