The day you have been waiting for — the Trial. Understanding the Pennsylvania DUI court procedures can be complex, but with the right attorney, it can be managed to give you a better outcome. In this 6-part big series, we have outlined the legal process. Of course, having an experienced DUI attorney will not only expedite the process, but allow you, the accused, a better chance of a fair and comprehensive trial.


Step 6. The Trial

If your case is not dismissed and you do not negotiate a plea to a lesser charge, you move into the final phase, which is the Trial. The state will present its case against you. Your lawyer will present your side. A typical DUI trial will proceed as follows:

  1. Jury selection (all first offenses and certain second offenses do not qualify for a jury trial)
  2. Opening statements by your attorney and the prosecutor, mentioning the evidence each intends to present
  3. Testimony from police officers and witnesses
  4. Cross-examination of the witnesses by your attorney
  5. Motions from your attorney after the prosecution has presented its case, sometimes asking the judge to dismiss the case for lack of evidence
  6. Any evidence or expert witnesses that you want to present
  7. Closing arguments from both lawyers summing up the evidence and explaining how the law applies
  8. Judge instructs the jury on the law the jury must apply
  9. Jury deliberation
  10. Jury verdict
  11. Sentencing (only if found guilty). This includes fines, jail time, driver’s license suspension, community service, installation of ignition interlock and alcohol rehabilitation

The Science Attorneys at The McShane Firm frequently use expert witness testimony at trial, usually a toxicologist who can sometimes discredit the blood, breath, or urine test or bolster one or more other elements of the defense.
The experienced DUI lawyers of The McShane Firm are fierce litigators, with no fear of the courtroom. We pledge to fight aggressively for your case, your rights, and your freedom. Contact us for your free initial consultation.

Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Avvo.com. Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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