Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer George Heym 

FORMER ALLEGHENY COUNTY DUI PROSECUTOR!

Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer George Heym
The Law Offices of George Heym 564 Forbes Ave, Suite 810 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-521-2628

What to expect after the DUI stop

Q.

The Police Officer just let me go – what happens now?

A. The police officer will file a criminal complaint with the local Magistrate. This is what initiates criminal proceedings against you. The criminal complaint will list the charges filed and provide a brief summary of what the officer alleges occurred. This summary is what forms the factual basis for the criminal charges and is known as an affidavit of probable cause. The Magistrate will then mail a “summons” package to you. You will generally receive this summons between two and six weeks after your DUI stop.  However, it can take substantially longer if the police are engaging in a continuing investigation.

Q.

What will I receive in the mail from the Magistrate?

A. The summons package from the Magistrate will usually contain three items.  First, a Preliminary Hearing notice. This will notify you of where and when your Preliminary Hearing will take place. Second, it will include a copy of the criminal complaint. Finally, it may contain a fingerprint order. This order will tell you when and where you need to go to be fingerprinted for this particular case. This is necessary because the police released you rather than taking you to the county jail where you would have been fingerprinted.

Q.

When will I find out what my Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was?

A. If you submitted to a breath test the police should have notified you of the results on the spot. Most police departments will actually give you a copy of the result ticket printed out by the breath testing machine. However, if you had your blood drawn the availability of the results will vary from county to county in Pennsylvania. In some counties, police departments use a central testing laboratory and in some cases the hospital where the blood is drawn will do the testing.  Under PA law, this is allowed as long as the laboratory where the testing is done is certified by the state for this purpose.  In either case, you will be able to find out your BAC at the preliminary hearing as this is part of the evidence that the Commonwealth must present to the Magistrate.
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The Law Offices of George Heym 564 Forbes Ave, Suite 810 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-521-2628

What to expect after the DUI

stop

Q.

The Police Officer just let me go –

what happens now?

A. The police officer will file a criminal complaint with the local Magistrate. This is what initiates criminal proceedings against you. The criminal complaint will list the charges filed and provide a brief summary of what the officer alleges occurred. This summary is what forms the factual basis for the criminal charges and is known as an affidavit of probable cause. The Magistrate will then mail a “summons” package to you. You will generally receive this summons between two and six weeks after your DUI stop.  However, it can take substantially longer if the police are engaging in a continuing investigation.

Q.

What will I receive in the mail

from the Magistrate?

A. The summons package from the Magistrate will usually contain three items.  First, a Preliminary Hearing notice. This will notify you of where and when your Preliminary Hearing will take place. Second, it will include a copy of the criminal complaint. Finally, it may contain a fingerprint order. This order will tell you when and where you need to go to be fingerprinted for this particular case. This is necessary because the police released you rather than taking you to the county jail where you would have been fingerprinted.

Q.

When will I find out what my

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was?

A. If you submitted to a breath test the police should have notified you of the results on the spot. Most police departments will actually give you a copy of the result ticket printed out by the breath testing machine. However, if you had your blood drawn the availability of the results will vary from county to county in Pennsylvania. In some counties, police departments use a central testing laboratory and in some cases the hospital where the blood is drawn will do the testing.  Under PA law, this is allowed as long as the laboratory where the testing is done is certified by the state for this purpose.  In either case, you will be able to find out your BAC at the preliminary hearing as this is part of the evidence that the Commonwealth must present to the Magistrate.
Pittsburgh DUI Preliminary Hearing Driving Under The Influence Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) T.O.C. next page prev page
For a Free DUI Consultation Call or Text me on my Cell Phone 24/7 412-216-4984
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Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer George Heym 

Former DUI Prosecutor!

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