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Pennsylvania Attorney Prevails in Court on DUI Case

The Hoover Firm of Harrisburg was able to have the highest level of DUI charges against his client decreased to general impairment.

PRLog - Nov. 27, 2012 - HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Law enforcement receives extensive training in the testing for sobriety of suspected drunk drivers.  They administer the tests in uncontrolled environments and results are often inaccurate.  The Hoover Firm represents all types of criminal cases including DUI defense.  In a recent case argued before a bench trial, the client faced charges of a first time DUI offense.  The case involved a client who was discovered on the side of the road in his broken down vehicle.  The officer on the scene found a half empty case of beer in the vehicle and because of that find, the officer attempted to have the client perform field sobriety tests.  The officer, however, was overly concerned with the safety of the client and the tests were never actually performed.  The officer then arrested the client and took him for a blood test at a local hospital.

The Commonwealth introduced the results of the blood test from the local hospital as evidence.  The test indicated an alleged BAC of 0.283%.  The testing procedures used by the hospital were flawed and were enough so to cause the judge to deem the results insufficient for conviction.  The judge ruled in favor of the client finding him not guilty of the crime of DUI: Highest Rate.  The client was found guilty of the lesser offense of DUI:  General Impairment.

The mandatory minimum punishments are the main differences between the two DUI offenses.  The client would have received a sentence of 72 hours in the local jail and subjected to a loss of his driver’s license for a period of 1 year if convicted of the Highest Rate DUI offense.  The conviction for the lesser General Impairment offense meant a maximum permissible punishment of 6 months probation and no loss of driver’s license.  The attorney is appealing the General Impairment Conviction.

The Hoover Firm represents criminal defense cases in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and in the surrounding communities.  In a recent case, Mr. Hoover was able to achieve a favorable result for his client in a DUI case.  The client was discovered on the side of the road in his broken down car, with a half empty case of beer inside the vehicle.  The officer attempted to perform field sobriety tests on the client but stopped because the officer was concerned about the client’s safety.  Instead, the officer took the client to a local hospital for a blood test.  The results of the blood test indicated a BAC of 0.283%.  The judge deemed the results insufficient for conviction based on the testing procedures utilized by the hospital.   The client was found not guilty of DUI: Highest Crime but he was found guilty of the lesser offense:  General Impairment.  The firm plans to appeal the decision.  You can learn more about the firm at http://www.criminaldefenselawyerharrisburg.com.

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