1. Whenever a police officer asks to search your house, your car, or yourself without a warrant, you have the right to say “No” and consult first with an Attorney.
2. If you are arrested, you do not have to speak to police. Do not waive your Miranda rights when you are asked. Tell the police you will not talk with them until you have an attorney.
3. You may suffer greater penalties under the DUI/DWI statutes if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test or refuse to give a blood sample.
4. Along with DUI/DWI convictions come an administrative process with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. If you plead guilty to a DUI/DWI PennDot will suspend your license for up to one year.
5. If you have been convicted of crimes in the past, you may be subject to greater penalties for future offenses.
6. Pleading guilty to criminal charges may have civil penalties as well.
7. Some crimes carry a mandatory minimum sentence. Make sure you know this sentence before you plead guilty.
8. Some crimes may be cleaned from your record through the process of expungement.
9. Most of the Criminal Process is controlled by timelines and deadlines. Being late may carry serious consequences.
10. If you are charged with Conspiracy, you may be subject to the same mandatory sentence as any other member of the conspiracy.