Welcome to the Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis a PA DUI Attorney.
A graduate of Villanova Law School and Bucknell University, I have over 20 years of jury trial experience. I served for five years as a Senior Assistant District Attorney and DUI Prosecutor, and know all the maneuvers and tactics prosecutors and police officers use in PA DUI cases. More importantly, I have handled more than 300 DUI trials and over 2,000 evidentiary hearings. My qualifications include being Nationally Certified in Field Sobriety Testing and experience on breath test machines and blood tests used by Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies.
Philadelphia Criminal Attorney
This work experience has helped me to see all sides of a DUI case and therefore to better serve my clients. My cases have ranged from defending Pennsylvania DUI offenses to vehicular homicide with a high rate of success.
Philadelphia PA Lawyers
Our practice is strictly limited to PA DUI Defense and Criminal Defense. Our main office is in Philadelphia and we handle cases throughout the state of Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and other communities in the counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Dauphin, York, Monroe, Lebanon, Luzerne and Lackawanna.
Mr. Kellis is a member and former Pennsylvania State Delegate of the National College for DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Association. He practices law because he believes in the fundamental rights of all citizens and that everyone deserves the best defense when they are accused of a crime.
Experienced DUI Lawyer
An experienced DUI attorney will always file pretrial motions to suppress the evidence. These motions, when argued successfully, may result in the DUI case being dismissed. It is very important to effectively cross-examine the officer to expose mistakes and inaccuracies in the gathering of evidence. A motion to suppress the evidence may include the absence of reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle or probable cause to arrest an individual for DUI.
An experienced attorney can do many things to challenge and disprove the evidence of the accused. This includes reviewing the calibration and maintenance records of the machine used to test blood alcohol level. It is falsely believed that these machines are infallible. To believe that they always work is like believing your car will never break down. Machines do not always work properly.
An experienced attorney will always retest the blood by a private lab, and possibly hire an analyst to determine if the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was rising. This defense may prove that that the driver's blood was actually less than Pennsylvania's legal limit at the time of driving.
It is very important to photograph the scene of the arrest and view police videotape of the stop and arrest if available. This may be helpful in showing that the ground was not level when the driver was performing the field sobriety tests. Any inaccuracies in the officer's report and testimony could be challenged with the videotape.
Please contact Mr. Kellis immediately for a Free Initial Consultation and further review of your case.
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