What Makes Manchester & Associates Different From Other Lawyers Handling DUI Cases?
We Not Only Know The PA DUI Law, We Know the Science
Most lawyers treat DUI charges as just another crime. They are not. They are some of the most complicated cases to handle, due to the science and bias against those charged with DUI, by judges and society. At Manchester and Associates we work hard to teach judges and juries that this is not the case. We are constantly learning how to shed light on the prosecutions case to expose the many myths and scientific dishonesty in their case.
Most lawyers look at a blood, breath, or drug test result and either then apply their clients for ARD if it is a first offense or plead them guilty if it is a second DUI or subsequent offense.
In fact most lawyers who go to trial stipulate to the blood test results. That is just like putting their clients into the jail cell and turning the trial into a long slow guilty plea. They do this because that is all they know how to do. DUI cases not only involve the law, they involve science, mathematics, statistics, physiology, chemistry, human performance, medicine, pharmacology, lab procedures and regulations, and more.
An attorney who has not studied these fields has no business representing people charged with a DUI. At Manchester and Associates over half of our cases are DUI cases. We have handled DUI cases in 52 counties in Pennsylvania ranging from first offenses to Vehicular Homicide While DUI. You want a law firm that regularly handles DUI cases, not some here and there. If you had a bad heart you wouldn’t go to a general practitioner, you would go to a heart specialist. Why would you do anything differently with your DUI charges.
Exposing Scientific Dishonesty In The Courtroom
Most people, including prosecutors and judges think blood test results are correct and field sobriety tests are reliable. Wrong! At best the blood test results are moderately close to what is in a person’s blood. Usually they are not even close. All credible scientists agree that a person’s actual blood alcohol content (BAC) can’t be determined exactly.
Pennsylvania Vehicular Alcohol ( DUI ) / Controlled Substance Offenses ( Drug )
The Law firm of Manchester & Associates is experienced in Pennsylvania DUI Defense and handles all types cases involving driving under the influence of alcohol or driving under the influence of a controlled substance. We will educate you about PA’s DUI law, explain the judicial process, and review all of the possible consequences. DUI is a serious offense which if convicted will result in the suspension of the driver’s vehicle operating privilege if the driver’s Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) is greater than .10.
Multiple DUI offenders and those driving while operating privileges are suspended for a previous DUI are punished more severely than first time DUI offenders. A DUI is a Misdemeanor in Pennsylvania which is considered is a less serious criminal offense generally punishable by a fine or limited local jail time, but not by imprisonment in a penitentiary.
Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or A Controlled Substance In Pennsylvania
A person shall not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of any vehicle:
- While under the influence of alcohol to a degree which renders the person incapable of safe driving.
- While under the influence of any controlled substance to a degree which renders the person of incapable of safe driving.
- While under the combined influence of alcohol and any controlled substance to a degree which renders the person incapable of safe driving.
- If the amount of alcohol by weight in the blood of the person is 0.08% or greater at the time of a chemical test of a sample of the person’ breath, blood or urine.
- If any amount of a Schedule I or non-prescribed Schedule II or III drug is in your blood.
- If there is a .02 or greater blood alcohol content if the driver is under 21.
- If there is a .04 or greater blood alcohol content while driving a commercial vehicle.
- If there is a Schedule I or non-prescribed Schedule II or III drug in the blood while driving a commercial vehicle.