DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania

DUI Penalties In Pennsylvania

If convicted for drunk driving in Pennsylvania, you could have your license suspended, you could be fined, and you could even be sent to jail. Additionally, if you’ve been convicted of a DUI offense within the last ten years, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car at your own expense. Since insurance companies may receive information about DUI convictions, you can also expect your insurance costs to increase. Additionally, if you are sentenced to jail and your employer is unwilling to let you take a leave of absence or use vacation time to serve your sentence, they may fire you. If you drive a taxi cab, delivery van, or commercial truck, you could lose your commercial driver’s license and your job as well.If you’ve been arrested on charges of drunk driving, contact Pittsburgh DUI Defense lawyers at the Law Offices of James Crosby today to schedule a confidential appointment to discuss your case.

DUI Penalties: BAC between .08-.99, .10-.159, and >.159 along with general impairment, underage DUI, DUI controlled substances-please see 75 PACSA 3802

While the judge can exercise some discretion when sentencing someone who has been convicted of a DUI offense, in general, the following penalties apply for a blood alcohol content (BAC) between .08 percent and .099 percent:

  • First DUI: A $300 fine; six months probation; drug and alcohol assessment, alcohol safety training, and court reporting evaluation required.
  • Second DUI: A $300-to-$1,200 fine; 12-month license suspension; five days to six months in jail; mandatory attendance at alcohol safety school; one-year installation of ignition interlock device on all cars. A drug and alcohol assessment, alcohol safety training, and a court reporting evaluation are also required.
  • Third DUI: A $500-to-$5,000 fine; 12-month license suspension; 10 days to two years in prison; one-year installation of ignition interlock device on all motor vehicles. A drug and alcohol assessment and a court reporting evaluation are required.
  • Fourth DUI: A $500-to-$5,000 fine; 12-month license suspension; 10 days to two years in jail; one-year installation of ignition interlock device on all vehicles. A drug and alcohol assessment and a court reporting evaluation are also required.

High BAC Offenders and DUI Penalties

For a DUI conviction for someone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) between .10 percent and .159 percent, the penalties are as follows:

  • First DUI: A $500-to-$5,000 fine; 12-month license suspension; mandatory 48-hour imprisonment and up to six months in jail; eligible for an occupational limited license after two-month license suspension. Drug and alcohol assessment, alcohol safety training, and court reporting evaluation are also required.
  • Second DUI: A $750-to-$5,000 fine; 12-month license suspension; 30 days to six months in jail; one-year installation of ignition interlock device; drug and alcohol assessment, alcohol safety training, and court reporting evaluation also required.
  • Third DUI: A $1,500-to-$10,000 fine; an 18-month license suspension; 90 days to five years in jail; drug and alcohol assessment, alcohol safety training, and court reporting evaluation also required.
  • Fourth DUI: A $1,500-to-$10,000 fine; an 18-month license suspension; one to five years in prison; installation of an ignition interlock device for 12 months; drug and alcohol assessment, alcohol safety training, and court reporting evaluation required.

In cases where a person’s BAC is in excess of .16 percent, the penalties increase as well. Additionally, if you have a minor in the car with you at the time of your arrest or if you are involved in an injury or fatal accident, additional penalties may be involved.

Contact Our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania DUI Penalties Lawyers

The consequences of a DUI conviction can be significant. If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, contact DUI defense attorneys at the Law Offices of James Crosby today to learn how we can help you.

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