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DUI & DWI Defense Attorney in Philadelphia

“Drunk driving” goes by more than one name, even in legal documents. It’s called. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey, A DUI lawyer in Philly can defend you against DUI charges in Pennsylvania. A New Jersey DWI lawyer in Atlantic City can offer the same assistance in New Jersey. Alan J. Tauber is licensed to practice law in both states.

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Pennsylvania & New Jersey DUI/DWI Lawyer Who Will Fight for Your Rights

If you need a Philadelphia DUI defense lawyer, we can defend you in Philadelphia, Delaware; Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester counties in PA.

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Alan J. Tauber enjoys 30+ years of experience as a trial and appeals lawyer at both the state and federal levels. This experience has generated an extraordinary track record that has turned him into one of Philadelphia’s most prominent DUI defense attorneys.

Tauber Law’s practice is not limited to Pennsylvania. We can also defend you in Camden, Burlington, Atlantic, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Types of DUI & DWI Cases We Handle in Philadelphia, PA

DUI and DWI are almost interchangeable terms. The Pennsylvania government uses DUI, while New Jersey uses DWI.
Types of DUI & DWI Cases We Handle in Philadelphia, PA

A few decades ago, DUI/DWI was little more than a minor traffic violation, akin to speeding or running a red light. However, times have changed, and DUI is a much more severe offense than it used to be, in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
A DUI charge might seem like a simple matter. After all, either you’re drunk or you’re not. However, Pennsylvania and New Jersey recognize many types of DUI that result in enhanced penalties. In Pennsylvania, for example, an unusually high rate of alcohol in your bloodstream (0.10% BAC or higher, compared to the legal limit of 0.08% BAC) results in a harsher penalty.

Tauber Law handles the following types of DUI (among others) in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • A first offense DUI
  • Second offense DUI
  • Third offense DUI
  • Underage DUI
  • Extreme DUI (high BAC)
  • Aggravated DUI
  • Implied consent violation (refusal to submit to testing)
  • Marijuana DUI
  • Similar offenses

In some cases, you can face felony charges for a DUI.

Contact an Experienced New Jersey & Philadelphia DUI Lawyer

Once the state has charged you with DUI/DWI, don’t waste any time. Contact Philadelphia DUI defense attorney Alan J. Tauber at (215) 575-0702
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Pennsylvania & New Jersey DUI Laws and Penalties

Philadelphia DUI laws are a subset of Pennsylvania DWI laws, which are quite harsh. You can face a DUI charge even if your BAC is lower than the standard 0.08%. There is also DUI per se, under which you are automatically guilty if your BAC exceeds a certain level:
  • General impairment, if your BAC is at least 0.08% but is below 0.10%
  • High rate of alcohol: A BAC of at least 0.10% but less than 0.16%
  • The highest rate of alcohol: A BAC of 0.16% or higher
Penalties increase significantly as your BAC reading increases. The penalties for a first-offense DUI are:
  • A $300 fine
  • Up to 6 months probation at an additional cost
  • DUI classes in Philadelphia at an additional cost
  • Possible court-ordered treatment at additional cost
Penalties increase dramatically with further offenses or if you injure someone in a DUI accident. New Jersey DWI laws and New Jersey DWI penalties are roughly similar to (or perhaps a bit harsher than) the laws in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania & New Jersey DUI Laws and Penalties
Potential Defenses to Drunk Driving Charges in Philadelphia, PA
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Potential Defenses to Drunk Driving Charges in Philadelphia, PA

A charge is not a conviction–you have the right to a defense. Indeed, that is why defendants seek criminal defense lawyers. Although many potential defenses exist, the ones available to you depend on the specific facts of your case. Following are some of the most common drunk driving defenses:

  • A malfunction in the Breathalyzer machine that measured your BAC. These machines must be properly maintained, or they will register false positives. Alternatively, the police officer may have misused the device—a Breathalyzer test administered too soon after your last drink. can easily yield a false positive.
  • Illegal police stop: Philadelphia DUI arrests must be based on strict compliance with criminal procedure. The police must have a good reason to pull you over in the first place. If the police lacked “probable cause” to pull you over, your lawyer might be able to get a dismissal of your charges.
  • Language barrier. You might have a defense if the police explained your rights in a language you don’t understand. This defense may or may not be enough to get you an acquittal.
  • The “rising BAC” defense. This defense might apply if you drank most of the alcohol in your bloodstream immediately before the police pulled you over. Since alcohol needs time to take effect, your BAC might have been legal while driving and have risen to illegal levels only after the police pulled you over.

There are many other ways your lawyer might be able to win a dismissal or acquittal or Philadelphia DUI court.

Get Legal Help From a Philadelphia DUI & DWI Attorney

Contact New Jersey DWI defense attorney Alan J. Tauber at (215) 575-0702, or contact us online. We can promise you straightforward and precise analysis of your options.

Why Do You Need a DUI Attorney After a Drunk Driving Arrest in Philly?

Do you need a DUI attorney after a Philadelphia DUI arrest? Yes. Depending on the circumstances, you might need the best DUI lawyer in Philadelphia for the following reasons:

  • DUI penalties are harsh, especially for second and further offenses.
  • The Philadelphia DUI justice system works differently than it does elsewhere in Pennsylvania. These differences work mostly to the disadvantage of the defendant. You need an experienced law firm like Tauber Law to help you deal with its nuances and idiosyncrasies.
  • Alan J. Tauber’s 30+ years of trial experience can provide you with an advantage that is difficult to find elsewhere.
  • Mr. Tauber’s decades of experience with the Defender Association of Philadelphia have given him an unparalleled understanding of Philadelphia’s unique legal system.

Mr. Tauber also practices personal injury law, and he can help you with a DWI lawsuit in Philadelphia

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Our client was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and served 28 years in prison. After we won our client’s exoneration, the City of Philadelphia settled the case pre-suit for a record amount.

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Settlement for malicious prosecution and false arrest

Our client was falsely accused of shooting at the police, and he was wrongfully jailed for more than three years. He was acquitted in a criminal trial, and the City of Philadelphia ultimately paid a $3.8 million settlement.

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Client’s Testimonials

Alan took on my case after I lost faith in my prior lawyer. His relentless effort and pride made me feel like he was representing his own son. In the end, I recovered nearly ten times what my prior lawyer was even seeking. The money was great but Alans counsel made me believe in our justice system.
Alan Tauber, attorney at law is one who loves the law and loves practicing law. He holds a passion for the fight of and in it. Not only is Alan Tauber a great legal mind of the law, he is a man of integrity. Attorney Alan Tauber represented me for well over 15 years as we battled to right an egregious miscarriage of justice. After serving 28 years of a life sentence, it is attorney Alan Tauber who fought tirelessly to have the wrong made right. In 2019, my release and exoneration became a reality. Today Alan Tauber is still a great attorney, but more importantly, he is someone I call my friend.
Mr. Tauber's expertise was absolutely critical to my case and settlement. He helped and guided me every step of the way through a very difficult time. I never would have been able to do it without him. Having Mr. Tauber on my side is what made the difference!

Contact a DUI & DWI Lawyer in Philadelphia, PA Today!

To speak with a DUI & DWI lawyer in New Jersey, call Tauber Law at (215) 575-0702 or contact us online. The longer you hesitate, the more difficult your situation is likely to become.
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