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Experienced Erie, PA DUI Defense Lawyers

The moment you get pulled over for impaired driving, get in touch with the knowledgeable and trusted DUI lawyers at Sebald & Hackwelder instead of taking unnecessary risks in your DUI case. The worst thing you can do if you are charged for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are represent yourself or automatically plead guilty. To learn more about how an Erie DUI defense lawyer can help you, call us today at (814) 833 - 1987 today to schedule a free DUI case consultation.

DUI Defense Attorneys in Erie, PA - Sebald & Hackwelder

Types of DUI Charges

Why Choose SHO as Your DUI Lawyers?

Drunk driving accusations require serious attention from the moment you are pulled over.  If you are facing criminal charges for driving while impaired, our experienced DUI defense lawyers will explore all opportunities for avoiding conviction or reducing the consequences. Whether you are dealing with an underage DUI or your first DUI offense, it's important to contact experienced DUI defense lawyers right away to ensure that your rights are protected. 

DUI and DWI Charge FAQs

What is Pennsylvania's BAC limit?

In Pennsylvania, the BAC limit for people who are driving, operating, or in actual physical control of a personal vehicle over the age of 21 is 0.08 percent. However, for people under the age of 21 in personal vehicles, a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher within two hours of driving will result in a DUI charge.

For people with a commercial driver's license who are driving, operating, or in actual physical control of a commercial vehicle, the BAC limit is 0.04 percent.

How do I get my license back from a DUI charge?

You will need to apply for a reinstatement of your license with the Department of Transportation, once the period of suspension or revocation is over. Reinstating a license after a suspension of a year, or revocation will also mean taking the driving tests all over again. These will include the vision test, knowledge test and the road test. If you do not complete the reinstatement requirements, the license will remain suspended or revoked.

Can you get a DUI expunged from your record?

According to the PennDOT, it will automatically expunge Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) records after 10 years “providing a person’s operating privileges were not revoked as a habitual offender and/or the person was not a commercial driver at the time of the violation.” ARD is a program for first DUI convictions in which the punishment is lessened slightly in exchange for an increase in supervision.

What will my penalty be for a first DUI offense?

Typically for a first DUI offense with a BAC limit of .08-.099 percent and no prior DUI offenses, it's an upgraded misdemeanor with up to 6 months of probation, a $300 fine, an alcohol safety class, and possible treatment when ordered. 

What is the interlock device?

Ignition interlock is a device that is installed in vehicles to stop people from driving under the influence of alcohol. They are required to blow into the interlock device before starting the vehicle. If it detects alcohol, then it won't let the vehicle start.

DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, driving after a single drink can result in getting pulled over and receiving a DUI charge. Most people charged with a DUI don't have any experience with the criminal justice system but know that Pennsylvania has tough DUI laws. Pennsylvania has a variety of DUI penalty tiers depending on the driver's BAC, your past record, and other factors. In addition to potential jail time, they may include a driver’s license suspension period, probation, fines, drug and alcohol highway safety school or other substance abuse treatment programs, and community service. 

Contact Experienced DUI Defense Lawyers

We want to help you prove your innocence, or at least minimize the consequences of a DUI conviction in Erie, PA. The DUI lawyers at Sebald & Hackewelder will work with you and provide a free initial consultation. Contact Sebald & Hackwelder for a free DUI lawyer consultation in Erie, PA today.

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Reviews

 

Attorney Sebald represented me in 2005 for a DUI. So when I was facing legal problems again in 2015 for getting 3 DUI's in a 5 month period due to an addiction to alcohol I knew I needed him to represent me again. Mr. Sebald truly cares about his clients. I met with him we discussed my case and what I was facing. He guided me on what I should do. He doesn't sugar coat things. Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do...

 
Michael

Eric was great. Very professional and very knowledgeable of the law. Attorney Hackwelder and his partner were able to resolve my particular case quickly and to my benefit. Good job!

 
Tom

I am more than pleased with my experience with attorney Hackwelder. He is knowledgeable and got us a great result. I would highly recommend hiring Attorney Hackwelder.

 
Anonymous

Steve has helped us numerous times. He has been there for us when ever we call and made himself available in a moments notice when necessary. He knows just what to do and is also great at dealing with the emotional side of the situation. We trust him completely and would highly recommend Steve.

 
Rhonda

I hired Eric for someone who was facing serious felony charges. He is a fairly young man with a young child who he absolutely adores. He had made mistakes and I didn't feel he needed to go to jail and be separated from that child. Eric was extremely helpful and actually, you could tell that he took this case personally because of all of the time and effort he put into the case. He was always available to us and his family. When it came time for the sentencing we all thought he was going to jail. When the judge sentenced him to 3 years parole we were all extremely happy. I can not say enough good things to say about Eric.

 
Jeffrey

I have many good things to say about Mr. Hackwelder and his team. From the beginning he came to our aid last minute and were good at keeping open lines of communication with me and my family. They worked on our case up to the last possible moment and even met with me on weekends. He answered all my questions throughout the whole process, was polite and did not waste time. The case was an extremely hard one, and the legal system was a bear to work with, but Mr. Hackwelder showed up every time with lots of energy and a positive attitude. He never promised what could not be done, but our results were extremely positive, in part to his hard work and constant attention to important details. I highly recommend him and his team. Mr. Hackwelder, I believe, went above and beyond the call of duty in our unique circumstance.

 
April

Attorney Sebald represented me in 2005 for a DUI. So when I was facing legal problems again in 2015 for getting 3 DUI's in a 5 month period due to an addiction to alcohol I knew I needed him to represent me again. Mr. Sebald truly cares about his clients. I met with him we discussed my case and what I was facing. He guided me on what I should do. He doesn't sugar coat things. Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do everything he can to get the best possible outcome. I was facing some pretty serious consequences and through his advice, guidance and representation I not only was able to avoid Jail time but also get help for my problem with alcohol. I truly believe if it weren't for him I would not be where I am today. After hiring Attorney Sebald he traveled to Lycoming county to represent me for my preliminary hearing and sentencing. He called and spoke with the D.A., judges as well as other attorneys in that area. He also represented me here in Erie county for my preliminary hearing as well as sentencing. He does his research. I would strongly recommend Mr Sebald to anyone who needs legal representation.

 
Michael

I received a speeding ticket while traveling through Erie, PA. Steve and his expert team took care of everything while I was 600 miles away in North Carolina. He greatly reduced my conviction and fines. Valerie on his team took the time to hand-hold me through the process. I truly appreciate all that Steve and his team did to resolve this positively for me.

 
Diane Erie, PATraffic Violation Defense

Attorney Sebald did a great job handling my case. I was cited improperly for a traffic accident, and Steve and his partner were able to resolve the situation quickly and with great professionalism.

 
Tom

I would highly recommend Attorney Hackwelder. My case was different than most but he went out of his way to do his research to make sure things went my way. He won the case for me and if I ever need another attorney I will call him again.

 
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