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Not Guilty! How Their PA DUI Lawyers Did It

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Pennsylvania DUI lawyers who are knowledgeable know how to get someone off the hook on DUI charges, if there is any possibility of acquittal. Not every DUI case can end in an acquittal, but if there is a loophole, trust a PA DUI lawyer to work through that loophole.

First, let's break down the legal jargon.

An acquittal is the finding of innocence of a person charged with a crime.

Essentially, in a criminal DUI trial, the defendant is subject to the finding of the jury. All the facts and evidence is presented to the jury by the PA DUI lawyer. The jury's role is to determine if the defendant is guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge's role is to be the gate-keeper, deciding which evidence can be presented and which evidence must be excluded.

So in all reality, Pennsylvania DUI lawyers must convince the jury that their client is not guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt.

Let's look at two recent acquittals:

Thomas Senavitis of Kunkletown  was recently acquitted on charges of vehicular homicide when he drove drunk and killed a state Senator. Senavitis got cleared of his charges when his PA DUI lawyer convinced the jury that there existed some reasonable doubt as to whether or not Senavitis was the main cause of the death. His PA DUI attorney introduced evidence that the Senator may have been driving in the wrong lane at the time of the crash; in an attempt to avoid hitting a parked van.

Trevor Webster, 29,  of Towanda, was found not guilty of driving under the influence, last month. Webster refused to take a breathalyzer test. As a result, it's very possible that the lack of that evidence is what got him cleared. Of course, we don't have the full details of what actually went on in the courtroom, but it's a huge possibility, since reasonable doubt rests on the production of evidence. Keep in mind, however, that Webster did lose his driving privileges for 12 months, due to the fact that he refused to take a blood alcohol test. On that charge, his PA DUI lawyer was unsuccessful.

It is important to remember that DUI laws are in place to protect us all. However, if you have been charged with a DUI, it is still important to know what your rights are. Consulting with a PA DUI lawyer may be beneficial.

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