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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 Orton 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 Orton

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 Orton for a free DUI lawyer consultation in Erie, PA today.

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Reviews

 

I was in a rough spot and Attorney Sebald exceeded my expectations while being fair and upfront about the possible outcomes. I was impressed by his knowledge and navigation of the law, but also by his relationships within that community.

 
Tim

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

Stephen is a very knowledgeable lawyer! I got a DUI with a BAC of 2.16 and walked away with only 6 months probation and didn't lose my license! I can't thank this man enough! Thank you Stephen for all the hard work you put into my case!

 
Matthew

Mr. Hackwelder and Mr. Sebald both worked very diligently to a resolution of a very serious case. My son was accused of a crime that would have cost him his freedom and caused irreparable harm to his reputation and his family unit. A conviction would have led to certain alienation of his rights as a father. My son, a provider and a family man was accused by a third party with an obvious agenda. Both Hackwelder and Sebald did exactly as the indicated at our first meeting. They said that this case would end up dismissed and it was. They were able to successfully demonstrate to the district attorney that there was no way that this case would be successfully prosecuted because of the lack of evidence, improper conduct and the overt agenda of the accusing party. I would not hesitate to ask Eric Hackwelder or Stephen Sebald to represent my loved ones again and you definitely shouldn't look any further.

 
Michael

I was charged with theft by extortion, a 3rd degree felony which carries a possible sentence of 7 years in prison and 15,000 in fines. Against my better judgement, I took the advice of Stephen and pled guilty for a reduced sentence. Because I listened to his expert advice, I will serve NO prison time, NO jail time, and my fine was minimal. Thanks again Stephen for a tough uphill battle, and you never gave up.

 
John

Because I listened to his expert advice, I will serve NO prison time, NO jail time, and my fine was minimal. Thanks again Stephen for a tough uphill battle, and you never gave up.

 
JohnErie, PA

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.

 
Pam

Eric 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 Eric.

 
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

Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do everything he can to get the best possible outcome.

 
MichaelErie, PA
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