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Pittsburgh DUI Defense Lawyer

When You Want a South Hills Law Firm That Cares

DUI in PittsburghWhile it may seem expensive to hire a lawyer to defend you against DUI charges, it can be even more expensive to handle it on your own. In Pennsylvania, a DUI conviction can result in suspension of your driver's license, job loss and the need to pay thousands of dollars in high-risk auto insurance. Many people who are arrested for drunk driving simply can't afford to plead guily.

At Colaizzi Law Firm, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your possible defenses. Attorney Robert Colaizzi has more than 20 years of experience defending the rights of those who have been accused of driving under the influence (usually called DUI or DWI). We understand that no two situations are alike, we will listen to your version of the incident and take an approach that fits the needs of your case.

Diversion for First-Time Offenders

Depending on the facts of your case, Pennsylvania offers accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD), which is a diversionary program for first-time offenders. While the program may involve a significant fine and the need to attend counseling classes, completing the program will enable you to avoid having a criminal DUI conviction on your record.

Even if you have a past alcohol-related conviction, an experienced lawyer may be able to help you qualify for ARD by clearing your record of the first conviction.

Defenses in DUI Cases

Many people who face DUI charges plead guilty because they are embarasses or they thik there is no way to defeat the charges. However, there is usually something a lawyer can do to minimise the penalities or even avoid a conviction. For example, if police did not have a valid reason for stopping you in the first place, all evidence gathered after the stop (such as breathalyzer test results) may be suppressed. Breathalyzer tests can also be suppressed if police did not follow proper procedures or were not properly trained to administer the tests.

Free Lawyer Consultation

To schedule an initial attorney consultation about child custody and support issues, call 412-922-9909 or fill out the contact form on this website.