Drug and Alcohol Offenses
There are often underlying drug or alcohol problems that lead to an arrest for DUI, drugs, or any number of other criminal offenses.
Sara Webster has three decades of experience in addressing problems of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction that involve legal and rehabilitative solutions.
There exists a variety of programs in Bucks County criminal court that result in a dismissal of all of some of the criminal charges:
- The CAP program (Community Accountability Program) for marijuana and other nonviolent offenses results in a dismissal of the charges at the District Court level.
- The DCDP program (District Court Diversionary Program) for residents of Bucks County only with drug offenses also results in a dismissal and expungement at the District Court level upon successful completion of treatment.
- ARD—preferred program resulting in expungement following completion of community service, treatment and payment of costs.
- Section 17 for drug possession results in probation without verdict regardless of the District Attorney’s approval.
Other pretrial programs in criminal courts include ARD and Section 17.
Defenses to DUI and drug offenses include pretrial motions to suppress evidence for lack of police to stop, to question or to search. Application of the Birchfield case can exclude blood alcohol results. Careful review of dashcam and bodycams, now commonly used, can challenge police opinions on the performance of field sobriety tests.
Successful resolution of these cases can also involve house arrest in lieu of incarceration, work release, inpatient treatment and other types of rehabilitation.
EDUCATED LAW ATTORNEY
Sara Webster is an attorney that has had years of success in having clients accepted into the ARD program as well as having courts accept a Section 17 disposition of drug charges.
Sara Webster has lectured for years on the sentencing aspects of DUI cases for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Bucks County Bar Association. She offers insight and strategies to drug and alcohol related offenses that avoid conviction or mitigate sentence.