DUI Defense From A Former Prosecutor

Driving under the influence is one of the most common crimes in the United States. But as you probably know, it is nonetheless a very serious matter. If you've been arrested for and/or charged with DUI, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Although alcohol is most commonly related to DUI, controlled substances are increasingly at issue. These involve both prescription medications as well as illicit drugs. An interesting facet of drug prosecution is the large variety of the type of drugs and type of components of drugs found in a person's bloodstream.

There have been long-recognized issues with treatment regimens to combat opioid addiction. Pennsylvania's newly enacted medical marijuana laws will also present similar issues for individuals.

Concentrating in Venango, Clarion, Crawford, and Mercer Counties, as well as some surrounding areas, look no further than the our firm. Our attorney has decades of experience in Pennsylvania criminal law and DUI defense, including working as a police officer, a prosecutor and as chief public defender. We can examine cases from all angles, and we put that unique perspective to work for our clients.

Can You Fight The Charges?

After being arrested, it may seem like you have no option but to plead guilty. Breathalyzer readings and field sobriety tests seem irrefutable, but this type of evidence can be challenged. In fact, here are some common DUI defense strategies that may be explored in your case:

  • Was the breath testing device inaccurate because of maintenance or calibration issues?
  • Was the Breathalyzer test administered correctly by the officer?
  • Did the police officer make mistakes in administering field sobriety tests?
  • Were the field sobriety test results subjectively interpreted?
  • Could field sobriety test results have been skewed by a medical condition or other infirmity?
  • Was the traffic stop lawful? Did the officer have a legal reason to pull you over?

These are just some of the many details that could be explored in a DUI case. Before you decide on any course of action, consult with attorney Lackatos at our firm. We will take the time to carefully examine your case, and will help you understand all of your rights and legal options.

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John C. Lackatos, Esquire is located in Franklin. We serve clients in Venango County, Mercer County, Clarion County and Crawford County. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, send us an email or call 814-346-7286.