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Have you been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Philadelphia? This offense is a serious problem for most drivers because of the significant penalties attached; including expensive fines, possible license suspension, and a possible lengthy period of probation or imprisonment. This may seem extreme for a traffic matter - and that may be the case elsewhere - but in Philadelphia a DUI is a criminal offense.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Philadelphia, you need a Philadelphia DUI lawyer to aggressively represent your interests. The Philadelphia DUI attorneys with the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have handled DUIs throughout the region and will fight for you.

DUI Penalty Breakdown

In Philadelphia, DUIs are divided into three impairment levels based upon the blood alcohol level (BAC) of the individual charged:

  1. General Impairment - 0.08% to 0.099% BAC
  2. High BAC - .10% to 0.159% BAC
  3. Highest BAC - .16% and above.

The penalties for a DUI are based on two factors: (1) the impairment level, and (2) the quantity of DUI related offenses of the individual.

Additionally, the following penalties refer to the number of DUIs you have overall. For instance, your second DUI overall but first DUI beyond general impairment levels will not count as your first high BAC or first highest BAC offense. It will be treated as a second DUI and you will be subjected to penalties under the corresponding offense. If you have any questions regarding the grading of your DUI, be sure to thoroughly discuss your concerns with your attorney.

When you hire a Philadelphia DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., your attorney will review your case and raise any questions as to the validity of the reading and will either attempt to beat the charge or plea down the charge to a lower impairment level.

First Offense DUI

A first offense DUI is the only DUI for which the Commonwealth may grant you some leniency. Pennsylvania has enacted a program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) which allows first time DUI offenders under certain circumstances to potentially resolve their DUI matter without a conviction. The result is avoiding the harsh DUI penalties imposed by the Commonwealth. A Philadelphia DUI lawyer can review your criminal history and the facts of your case and advise you as to your eligibility for the program. Participating in this program is the best course of action for any eligible first time offender.

For those not eligible, they will be facing significant penalties.

General Impairment

  • 6 months of probation
  • $300 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School

High BAC

  • 2 days to 6 months imprisonment
  • $500 to $5,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 12 month driver's license suspension

Highest BAC

  • 30 days to 6 months imprisonment
  • $1,000 to $5,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 12 month driver's license suspension

If these seem severe, you will be shocked by the significant consequences attached to subsequent offenses.

Second Offense DUI

The penalties attached to a second offense DUI are more severe than those of a first offense and without a 10 year gap between offenses, there is no chance of eligibility for ARD. Your Philadelphia DUI lawyer will explain to you this exception to ARD and whether you may be eligible.

General Impairment

  • 5 days to 6 months imprisonment
  • $300 to $2,500 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 12 month driver's license suspension
  • 12 months ignition interlock installation

High BAC

  • 30 days to 6 months imprisonment
  • $750 to $5,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 12 month driver's license suspension
  • 12 months ignition interlock installation

Highest BAC

  • 90 days to 5 years imprisonment
  • $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 18 month driver's license suspension
  • 12 months ignition interlock installation
  • first degree misdemeanor

Third and Subsequent Offenses

These penalties are the harshest for DUI offenses in which an individual is not injured or killed. It is vital that your Philadelphia DUI lawyer plea these down to lower impairment levels whenever possible as the penalties will likely prove life altering.

General Impairment

  • 10 days to 2 years imprisonment
  • $500 to $5,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 12 month driver's license suspension
  • 12 months ignition interlock installation
  • second degree misdemeanor

High BAC

  • 90 days to 5 years imprisonment
  • $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 12 month driver's license suspension
  • 12 months ignition interlock installation
  • first degree misdemeanor

Highest BAC

  • 1 year to 5 years imprisonment
  • $2,500 to $10,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 18 month driver's license suspension
  • 12 months ignition interlock installation
  • first degree misdemeanor

4th offense High BAC

  • 1 year to 5 years imprisonment
  • $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School
  • 18 month driver's license suspension
  • 12 months ignition interlock installation
  • first degree misdemeanor

These penalties are very harsh and will require the diligent advocacy of an experienced Philadelphia DUI lawyer.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

The fines, loss of license and imprisonment that are associated with a DUI are life altering and must be met with the greatest resistance you and your attorney can muster. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will fight for you. We will aggressively research and fight these charges and arrive at the best plea deal possible when that is the best option available to you. Do not underestimate the significance of a DUI in Philadelphia. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of the Philadelphia DUI attorneys of the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.

This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.

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