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Talk to the Best DUI Lawyers in Erie, PA: Elderkin Law Firm

If you find yourself in need of representation for a criminal matter, from traffic code violations to misdemeanor and felony offenses, call the attorneys at the Elderkin Law Firm. Our Criminal Practice attorneys are prepared to protect individual rights or the rights of a business and guide our clients through what can be a complex and intimidating system.

We provide quality representation in such matters as:

  • General criminal defense of felony, misdemeanor, and summary charges in both state and federal court
  • Driving under the influence (DUI), traffic code violations and suspension of drivers' licenses

Our DUI attorneys represent the rights of individuals charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and other traffic offenses.  It is important to know your rights and what to expect if you have been charged with a DUI or any other motor vehicle code violation that might affect your driving privileges.  We examine every aspect of a DUI or motor vehicle code violation case, from the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop to the collection of breathalyzer or blood samples, in order to advise our clients of their rights and options. 

To discuss your questions about criminal law, schedule a consultation at our office in Erie, PA with one of our Criminal Defense attorneys by calling (814) 456-4000 - OR - Start our Free Online Evaluation to begin the legal process.

I've been arrested, what are my rights?
If you have been arrested or contacted by the police in any way, as a general rule you are innocent until proven guilty. You have certain rights and before you do anything, you should contact with an attorney. As a general rule, police don’t seek to meet with you or bring you down to the station unless there is a problem, and you should understand what your rights and obligations are before you get involved with that problem.
How can a lawyer help me?
A lawyer can advise you what your rights are, what your obligations are, and can help with the procedural rules, with what you can do and when you have to do it. A lawyer can also help try and negotiate a resolution of the case without having to go to trial, often referred to as a plea deal.
What is Attorney/Client Privilege and what should or shouldn't I tell you?
Anything the client tells the attorney is kept sacred and private. That allows you to be completely open and honest with your attorney, whereas you may not be wish to be as forthright with anyone else.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is really about the severity. There are three levels of crime: felonies, misdemeanors, and summaries. Felonies are the most serious, the mother load of crimes you find on TV. Misdemeanors are in between, and summaries are your traffic tickets, disorderly conduct, public urination, etc. Felonies and misdemeanors lead to a criminal record, and if you are charged with either, you need to obtain legal advice immediately, because there are serious consequences regarding possibility of jail time, fines, and court costs.
Will being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor affect custody?
It can. Certainly felony charges could. Again, you are innocent until proven guilty, the problem is that if your felony is such that it may potentially impact the safety or welfare of the children, it may cause you to lose certain custody rights.
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