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A Criminal Defense And Youth Advocacy Firm In York, Pennsylvania

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Making the law work for you, not against you

When you are pulled over for DUI or charged with possession, you may feel that the system of law has turned against you. Arrest leads to conviction, which leads to punishment, and permanent damage to your reputation.

It is a depressing prospect. But you do not need to be defenseless. In York, Camp Hill or throughout the Harrisburg region, Marc Semke has been putting the law on the side of citizens, including young citizens, for more than a decade.

Diversion programs can dispel underage DUI charges

Being convicted of a DUI as a minor could drastically affect your child’s future. If he or she is arrested for drunk driving, you may have an alternative to fighting the case in court. The accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program allows first-time offenders, both adults and minors, to avoid a mark on their records if they successfully complete the program.

Things to know about a first DUI in Pennsylvania

People rarely plan on being pulled over by law enforcement and even fewer people plan on being charged with driving under the influence. Even so, it does happen. While some people are under the impression that a single DUI conviction is not a huge deal, it can have very real consequences.

In the state of Pennsylvania, any DUI conviction will have significant penalties, but the severity of these penalties generally depends on the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) and the circumstances under which they were caught.

The real-world consequences of underage drinking

It can feel like everyone is drinking under the age of 21 in high school and college. According to last year's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.7 million Americans between age 12 and 20 said they consumed alcohol. By age 20 over half of Americans have participated in underage drinking. Parents and teens should know that although there might be some intense peer pressure to drink, the real-world consequences for getting caught underage drinking are serious. Even one mistake can lead to consequences that spread through personal life, school and work.

Fines and jail time could be in the near future

The first penalties that come to mind for underage drinking are usually fines and jail time. If you are caught by the police drinking underage in Pennsylvania then you could pay up to $500 in fines. For a second or any following offenses it will cost up to $1000. As a young person with limited time to work it can be very difficult to pay for those fines. On top of the fines you could have to spend up to 90 days in jail.