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My son and friend were walking home from a college party off

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My son and friend were walking home from a college party off campus in Pennsylvania and were stopped by local police. They were breathalyzed and my son blew a .101. The police gave the boys a minor in consumption citation, then drove them home.

It is a first offense. What can we expect in court? Is he likely to be convicted because of the breathalyzer test?

Dwayne B. :

Hello and thank you for contacting us. This is Dwayne B. and I’m an expert here and looking forward to assisting you today. If at any point any of my answers aren’t clear please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.

Dwayne B. :

What do you mean by "what can we expect in court"?

Customer: Is he likely to be convicted?
Customer: Given the circumstances, how harsh a penalty is likely?
Dwayne B. :

Yes, unless you get a lawyer to try and get the breathalyzer result suppressed. If they sued a portable unit they are not terribly accurate and have to be calibrated regularly.

Dwayne B. :

The MIP charge is a relatively minor one and the possible punishment is a fine not exceed $300, jail sentence not exceeding 90 days and license suspension for 90 days.

Dwayne B. :

However, it is rare anyone goes to jail for a first MIP charge.

Dwayne B. :

The only time I have heard of it was when the young man came into court, had been drinking, and was obnoxious to the judge.

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Customer: Yes. We were hoping there might be leniency with a first time offense.
Dwayne B. :

They will likely give him probation and the fine and then have him do some community service.

Dwayne B. :

This isn't the type of case that is likely to have employment ramifications in the future.

Dwayne B. :

However, what he may want to do if he isn't going to hire a lawyer is ask them if he can get a pretrial diversion or a deferred adjudication which will keep the conviction from being on his permanent record.

Dwayne B. :

It would be easier for him to get if he had a lawyer but he may be able to get it without one.

Customer: Thank you. We are hiring a lawyer.
Dwayne B. :

He'll be fine then. He'll walk out with no more than a light slap on the wrist.

Dwayne B. :

Just tell him to be polite and acknowledge wrongdoing at the appropriate time and he will get a very lenient sentence.

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