Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

(814) 453-3343 17 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16512
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Erie Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer Philip Friedman

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(814) 453-3343

Erie and Chautauqua, Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer

Philip Friedman
17 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16512

Philip Friedman has been practicing law since 1978. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New York. Mr. Friedman is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association. He is also a past chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and as a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Friedman is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a lecturer on topics involving civil and criminal litigation. Mr. Friedman was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2004-2008.

Areas of Practice: Litigation & Appeals, Criminal Law, Driving Under the Influence (drunk driving), Homicide by Motor Vehicle, Drug Cases, Homicide, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents (automobiles, motorcycles, trucks), Death Cases, Commercial Litigation, Federal Civil Cases, Federal Criminal Cases, Professional Disciplinary Actions, First Amendment Cases

Litigation Percentage: 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions: Pennsylvania, 1978; New York, 1988: U.S. Supreme Court, 1986; U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979; U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985; U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991; U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998; U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1979; U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1994; U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1998; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1991; U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1991; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1999; U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2004

Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978
J.D.Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, 1975
B.A.; Major: Political Science

Representative Cases: Paps A.M. v. City of Erie, 812 A. 2d 591 (Pa. 2002)
P.J.S. v. Pa.State Ethics Commission, 723 A.2d 174 (Pa. 1999)

Classes/Seminars Taught:
CLE Courses, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1985 - Present
CLE Courses, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1987 - Present
CLE Courses, Erie County Bar Association, 1983 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, 2002 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, 1997
    President
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1994 - 1995
    Chairman
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1993 - 1994
    Vice Chairman
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1992 - 1993
    Chairman, Rules Committee
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1995 - 1996
    Chairman, Rules Committee
  • Judicial Evaluation Commission, 1997 - 1998
    Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1999 - Present
    Member, Task Force on Civil Justice Coalition
  • Erie Day School, 1998 - Present
    Board of Trustees
  • Millcreek Community Hospital, 1990 - 1995
    Board of Corporators
  • Erie Millennium Commission, 2000 - 2001
  • American Inns of Court, 1996 - 2002
    Master
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
    Member
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    Member
  • New York Bar Association
    Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    Member, Board of Governors
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Member, House of Delegates

Pro Bono Activities:
Erie County Bar Association LAVA Program, 1985 - Present

Birth Information:
1953, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, United States of America

What Happens To DUI Offenders in Pennsylvania?

There are now three levels of DUI in the state of Pennsylvania. The DUI laws of Pennsylvania create a higher set of penalties for those having higher BAC levels. It allows for treatment at all levels, and requires alcohol highway safety school for all first and second time offender

The 3 Levels are:

  1. General Impairment (.08 to .099% BAC)
  2. High BAC (.10 to .159% BAC)
  3. Highest BAC (.16% and higher)

Note: Under the DUI law minors, commercial drivers, school vehicle or bus drivers, and offenders involved in an accident that injures someone or causes property damage may be subject to the high BAC penalties even if their BAC is not in the high category. Offenders who refuse breath or chemical testing may be subject to the highest BAC penalties.

The following show the penalties for each of the BAC level:

Level One (Undetermined BAC, .08 to .099% BAC)

No prior DUI offenses

  1. Upgraded Misdemeanor
  2. Up to 6 months probation
  3. $300 fine
  4. Alcohol highway safety school
  5. Treatment when ordered

With 1 prior DUI offense

  1. Upgraded Misdemeanor
  2. 12 month license suspension
  3. 5 days to 6 months jail time
  4. $300 to $2,500 fine
  5. Alcohol highway safety school
  6. Treatment when ordered
  7. 1 year ignition interlock

2 or more prior DUI offenses

  1. 2nd degree misdemeanor
  2. 12 month license suspension
  3. 10 days to 2 years prison
  4. $500 to $5,000 fine
  5. treatment when ordered
  6. 1 year ignition interlock

High BAC penalties (.10 to .159% BAC)

No prior DUI offenses

  1. Upgraded misdemeanor
  2. 12 month license suspension
  3. 48 hours to 6 months prison
  4. $500 to $5,000 fine
  5. Alcohol highway safety school
  6. Treatment when ordered

1 prior DUI offense

  1. Upgraded misdemeanor
  2. 12 month suspension
  3. 30 days to 6 months prison
  4. $750 to $5,000 fine
  5. Alcohol highway safety school
  6. Treatment when ordered
  7. 1 year ignition interlock

2 or more prior DUI offenses

  1. 1st degree misdemeanor
  2. 18 month license suspension
  3. 90 days to 5 years prison
  4. $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  5. Treatment when ordered
  6. 1 year ignition interlock

3 or more prior DUI offenses

  1. 1st degree misdemeanor
  2. 18 month license suspension
  3. 1 to 5 years prison
  4. $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  5. Treatment when ordered
  6. 1 year ignition interlock

High BAC penalties (.10 to .159% BAC)

No prior DUI offenses

  1. Ungraded misdemeanor
  2. 12 month license suspension
  3. 48 hours to 6 months prison
  4. $500 to $5,000 fine
  5. Alcohol highway safety school
  6. Treatment when ordered

1 prior DUI offense

  1. Ungraded misdemeanor
  2. 12 month suspension
  3. 30 days to 6 months prison
  4. $750 to $5,000 fine
  5. Alcohol highway safety school
  6. Treatment when ordered
  7. 1 year ignition interlock

2 or more prior DUI offenses

  1. 1st degree misdemeanor
  2. 18 month license suspension
  3. 90 days to 5 years prison
  4. $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  5. Treatment when ordered
  6. 1 year ignition interlock

3 or more prior DUI offenses

  1. 1st degree misdemeanor
  2. 18 month license suspension
  3. 1 to 5 years prison
  4. $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  5. Treatment when ordered
  6. 1 year ignition interlock

The following outlines specific components of the law.

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Requires courts to impose suspensions for BAC ARDs based on the following BAC ranges:

  • Less than .10% - no suspension,
  • .10% to less than .16 - 30 day suspension, or
  • .16% and above - 60 day suspension

License Suspensions

Suspensions will be imposed as follows:

  • BAC below .10% and incapable of safe driving:
    • No suspension for first offense if the driver meets certain criteria;
    • 12 month license suspension for second or subsequent offense.
  • BAC greater than or equal to .10% and less than .16%:
    • 12 month license suspension for first and second offense.
    • 18 month suspension for third or subsequent offense.
  • BAC greater than or equal to .16%:
    • 12 month license suspension for first offense.
    • 18 month suspension for second or subsequent offense.
  • Out-of-state DUI convictions:
    • No suspension for first offense; 12 month license
    • suspension for second or subsequent offense

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • TYPE OF CASES OUR FIRM HANDLES
    I handle many types of cases to bench and jury trials including DUI, Criminal and Traffic.
  • WE THINK YOU SHOULD HIRE US IF:
    You want a lawyer who will personally handle your file and will be available for consultation afternoons, evenings and weekends. I will fairly evaluate your case and determine the most favorable course. I will not hesitate to go to trial on your case; that decision, however, will ultimately be yours.
  • OUR FIRM IS NOT RIGHT FOR YOU IF:
    You are looking for a lawyer who will only tell you what you want to hear. I will work with you to honestly assess the facts of the case.
  • IF YOU WANT TO TELL OUR LAW FIRM ABOUT YOUR SITUATION YOU SHOULD:
    I personally communicate with you whenever possible. If I am in Court when you call, you can leave a message with my secretary or on my voicemail. I personally guarantee you will hear back from me in 24-hours, or less - most often, much less. My office phone is (814) 453-3343 or email at pfriedman@crfwlaw.com
  • THE TYPICAL COST TO GET US TO START WORKING ON YOUR CASE IS:
    The cost varies depending on the allegation and facts of the case. A fee will be quoted at our initial consultation.
  • OUR CLIENTS WILL TELL YOU THAT:
    My level of experience, knowledge of the law, and personal familiarity with the judges, prosecutors, and system is a great advantage. In addition my personal and regular contact with clients, availability and involvement with every aspect of the case bring the most favorable results.
  • OUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW WE APPROACH  OUR CASES IS:
    Depending on the type of case I like to find out as much as I can about the facts of the case and talk to anyone who can help our defense. At that time we can discuss our options. The stronger our defense appears to the prosecutor, the better our chances are of getting a favorable result.
  • IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FIRM YOU SHOULD:
    During our free initial consultation I will answer any questions. Please call (814) 453-3343.

Overview

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the .

A Lawyer can help...

Assess your legal situation

An experienced Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A lawyer mostly deals with matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.

Explain the consequences

The consequences of a vary greatly from state to state and a lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for , (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.

Manage the process

Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.

Represent you in court

An experienced Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.

Don't know if a Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:

Definitely

Definitely hire a Lawyer if you already have several 's and receive another; or if your arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.

Probably

Seriously consider hiring a Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.

Maybe

You might want to hire a Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.

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