My husband was arrested for a dui last night. We are in Pennsylvania. He had a prior conviction in 2005. The actual incident for the conviction was from 2003 but I understand that it is the conviction that will hit the 10 year look back. While we will certainly use an attorney right now I am freaking out and wondering: Is there any chance of a plea bargain? I suspect BAC was very high. Will surrounding circumstances make any difference? My mother was moved to hospice care literally yesterday following a horrible illness since last February. My husband is employed and is an exceptional father to our very young child. He had struggled with substance issues when he was younger, turned himself around before we met and the intense stress of the past several months appears to have pushed him into this incident. I know that is not an excuse -- but it is the reason. Will any of this be considered mitigating? I know that highest BAC 2nd offense is supposed to be 90 day minimum. If I got him into treatment right away would that help at all? I know that he doesn't fit the criteria for ARD but is there anything that would prevent him from a 90 day or more jail term. I don't think my son an I can handle being without him, especially now.
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