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Walter Castro
Walter Castro
2022-10-18
Great attorney. Very good and professional legal services. Straight communication and support. I highly recommend the office of Keith for efficient and effective legal services.
mahala jane
mahala jane
2022-09-16
highly recommend.
Pat Borreggine
Pat Borreggine
2022-08-24
Keith Emerick is not only a good attorney but also good person. He is very professional and easy to work with. I am very satisfied and would recommend Keith to both family and friends.
Ferman Payton
Ferman Payton
2022-07-28
Mr.Emerick is a very good attorney and He is very knowledgeable and Careing
Enkhbat Khishignyam
Enkhbat Khishignyam
2022-06-24
He is a perfect lawyer. Specially, communication is the best part. I had 2 traffic tickets that i need to solve. Otherwise, it would affect my cdl’s record so bad. I got the best result from him. Thank you!
Joseph Kulbacki
Joseph Kulbacki
2022-05-06
I would highly recommend Keith to anyone in need of a lawyer. Very helpful and informative throughout he entire proceedings, was always available when I had a question or concern about my case no matter what time of day it was, and was always looking out for my best interest. GREAT GUY!
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BH typical _fan Storm_zz_
2022-04-12
I would strongly recommend Mr. Emerick. He is very knowledgeable, honest, a great communicator and most importantly, he is highly effective at getting the best possible results for his clients. Mr. Lee
Stephanie Sewak
Stephanie Sewak
2022-03-11
I highly recommend Keith Emerick, Esquire. Keith is very diligent and experienced attorney.
Addison Abbas
Addison Abbas
2022-03-08
Keith is extremely helpful, professional, and personable. Throughout my case, he was communicative, reliable , thorough & knew the best way to handle all matters relating to the proceedings. I would refer him to any of my friends or family !
Benjamin Johns
Benjamin Johns
2022-02-26
Keith is a fantastic lawyer. Very knowledgeable about criminal law matters and procedures. No hesitation in recommending him and his office.

Driving Under the Influence

From his law office on Beau Street, near the county courthouse, DUI Defense Lawyer, Keith Emerick, has successfully defended his clients in the Washington County, PA court system from all types of DUI charges.  Whether alcohol or drug-related, cases involving traffic stops, vehicle accidents, even cases where the accused was not in or with his vehicle at the time of arrest, Mr. Emerick has seen it all.  Details are vital to a proper DUI defense and Mr. Emerick is known for his skilled and detailed evaluations of DUI cases for defenses and mitigation strategies.  He routinely puts his findings to work for his clients, getting them real results.

Whether you have no criminal record, or if you have prior DUI convictions, Mr. Emerick knows and meets the challenges of each of his clients.  He has represented citizens from all over Washington County, including: Washington, Canonsburg, California, Donora, McMurray, Monongahela, Charleroi, Thompsonville, Centerville, McDonald, Cecil, and Burgettstown, among others.  He routinely practices in the Washington County DUI Central Magisterial Court, located on Chestnut Street in the Washington, PA.  He routinely practices in the Washington County DUI Court and the Washington County DUI Treatment Court in the county courthouse on Main Street in Washington, PA.  Out-of-county residents seek him out for his local experience.  He has practiced with all of the DUI prosecutors in Washington County.  He has met, handled DUI cases filed by, even questioned, many of the police officers and Pennsylvania State Troopers employed in Washington County.  Mr. Emerick is a known quantity among judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement alike.

Among DUI defense lawyers, Keith Emerick is one of the seemingly few who have completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s (NHTSA) DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Dug Recognition Expert Training Overview (DRE) training courses.  While this training is not mandatory in order for a lawyer to take on DUI cases, your arresting officer very likely took some or all of these courses in learning how to build a DUI case.  Not only has Mr. Emerick taken and passed these courses, he has been trained as an instructor.  Mr. Emerick makes it his business to know how law enforcement will develop and prosecute a DUI case.  He knows the pressure points in a DUI investigation and he knows when an investigation falls short.  Mr. Emerick’s skill, training, knowledge, and experience provide his clients a key advantage in court.

If you are charged with DUI in Washington County, PA, Keith Emerick is here to help.

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Evaluating the DUI Case

Many aspects of an officer’s DUI investigation are controlled by procedures standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), a federal agency and part of the US Dept. of Transportation. Your arresting officer likely completed NHTSA’s various curriculums, which formed the basis for many of his actions the night you were arrested. Despite their great importance many DUI lawyers attempt to evaluate and defend your DUI case with limited knowledge of these standardized police procedures.  Not only has Mr. Emerick taken these courses and passed them, he is also trained as an instructor.

From NHTSA Guidelines to Constitutional Infirmities – from Factual Issues to Scientific Disputes relating to breath/blood evidence – there may be defenses to your DUI charges that you aren’t yet aware. Hire a top rated DUI Attorney today.

Getting the Best Result

Open Communication

It should go without saying that the best results in DUI cases come through diligent preparation and open communication between you and your lawyer.

Commitment

Whether the case against you is dismissed or won at trial, or even if our primary goal is simply to control the damage a DUI might do to you, Attorney Emerick is committed to getting his client’s the best possible result.

DUI FAQs

What is ARD?
Each county in PA is required by state law to administer an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program. ARD is a pre-trial diversion program that allows first-time, non-violent offenders to avoid conviction, protect their criminal record, avoid jail time, avoid fines and – in the case of DUI – drastically reduce their drivers license suspension.
This is my first DUI. Am I guaranteed ARD?
No. Inclusion/Admission into the ARD program is not guaranteed. The law contains several ineligibility provisions. Prosecutors are given strong (though not unfettered) discretion as to who they offer inclusion, and recent changes in case law have caused prosecutors across PA to be more careful about offering inclusion. Finally, for Inclusion to become Admission into the program, court approval is required. Do not take ARD for granted.
Will I lose my drivers license?
If convicted of DUI or entered into the ARD program, and depending on your record and BAC, you may face a driver’s license suspension of 30 days to 18 months plus a subsequent 1-year ignition interlock requirement. If you depend on your drivers license, a proper evaluation/defense of your DUI case is strongly recommended.
If I lose my drivers license, can I still drive to work?
In order to continue driving you would first need to be approved by PENNDOT for an Ignition Interlock Limited License (IILL) which would allow you continue driving your vehicle so long as an Ignition Interlock device is installed and you are providing clean breath samples. Depending on your record, you may even be immediately eligible.
Will my CDL be suspended?
If convicted of DUI or entered into the ARD program, your CDL will be suspended. Depending on your record, it may even be revoked. If your employment depends on having a CDL, a proper evaluation/defense of your DUI case is strongly recommended.
Do I need a lawyer for my DUI?
Yes. Whether it’s Mr. Emerick, another lawyer, or the public defender, you must be represented by a skilled lawyer if charged with a crime. There is more at stake than you realize. There is more that can be done than you realize. Consultations are free.

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