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Multiple DUI Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a DUI offense, having already been convicted of a DUI in the past, you may have a serious problem. You need a DUI Lawyer to handle your case, because you will now be facing more severe consequences than you have in the past from a prior DUI conviction.

Repeated DUI convictions in Pennsylvania will result in harsher penalties across the board: longer loss of license, higher fines, possible jail time, and other undesired consequences. The penalty guidelines will be determined based off of Pennsylvania's Three Tier System based on BAC along with number of convictions. In order to attempt to avoid such severe penalties, you should contact an experienced DUI Lawyer as soon as possible.

Multiple DUI Offense for Pennsylvania

The guidelines on multiple DUI convictions are as follows:

First tier (BAC of .08 to .099) is classified as general impairment. It is the lowest level in Pennsylvania. If you have one or more priors, these are the penalties you will be facing under the Law:

First tier, 2nd offense:

  • Classified as an ungraded misdemeanor
  • Five days to six months in jail
  • $300 to $2,500 in fines
  • One year license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device for one year

First tier, 3rd offense:

  • Classified as a misdemeanor 2
  • 10 days to two years in prison
  • $500 to $5,000 in fines
  • One year license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device for one year

Second tier (BAC of .10 to .159) is classified as high impairment. It is the middle tier in Pennsylvania. If you have one or more priors, these are the penalties you will be facing under the Law:

Second tier, 2nd offense:

  • Classified as an ungraded misdemeanor
  • 30 days to six months in prison
  • $750 to $5,000 in fines
  • One year license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device for one year

Second tier, 3rd offense:

  • Classified as misdemeanor 1
  • 90 days to five years in prison
  • $1,500 to $10,000 in fines
  • 18 month license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device for one year

Third tier (BAC of .16 or more) is classified as highest impairment. It is the top tier in Pennsylvania. If you have one or more priors, these are the penalties you will be facing under the Law:

Third tier, 2nd offense:

  • Classified as misdemeanor 1
  • 90 days to five years in prison
  • $1,500 to $10,000 in fines
  • 18 month license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device for one year

Third tier, 3rd offense:

  • Classified as misdemeanor 1
  • One to five years in prison
  • $2,500 to $10,000 in fines
  • 18 month license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device for one year

Additionally, the court may order you to take Alcohol Highway Safety School (AHSS) and undergo a Full Drugs and Alcohol Assessment if convicted of any of the above DUI offenses. It is at the court's discretion, and to be paid by you.

With regards to the ignition interlock device, it may be required that this instrument may is installed on all your home's vehicles, at your expense. These often damage the vehicle, and put one in violation of their lease. Any such consequences are your burden, and of no concern to the court.

What Should I Do If I Am Stopped By An Officer And He Begins DUI Procedures?

Arguing with an officer is not a good option. You should follow police instruction but do not answer any questions with respect to drinking. Politely decline. If the officer arrests you, do not answer any questions and request your lawyer. You will have your opportunity to contest any charges, but the time of arrest is not that opportunity.

Why Should You Hire a Lawyer?

An experienced attorney can prepare a defense based around the answers to these questions:

  • Were the field sobriety tests conducted properly?
  • Did law enforcement adhere to their detection procedures, and establish reasonable suspicion at every juncture prior to making the arrest?
  • Was the breathalyzer equipment functioning properly?
  • Was the test properly administered, following the 20 minute observation period guidelines?
  • Was the officer who performed the test certified to do so?

For multiple DUI defense, the time to act is now.

 

This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.

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