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Penalties for DUI In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Penalties For DUI Offense

The penalties for a DUI in Pennsylvania are significant and are outlined below. They are divided into impairment distinctions based upon the blood alcohol level (BAC) of the individual charged. The three levels of impairment are (1) General Impairment - 0.08% to 0.099% BAC, (2) High BAC - .10% to 0.159% BAC, and (3) Highest BAC - .16% and above.

General Impairment

FIRST OFFENSE, SECOND OFFENSE, THIRD OFFENSE

6 months probation, Jail*( 5 days to 6 months) Jail* (10 days to 2 years)

$300 fine, $300 to $2,500 fine, $500 to $5,000 fine

AHSS** AHSS**

No license suspension, 12 months suspension, 12 months suspension

Ignition Interlock 12 months, Ignition Interlock 12 months

High BAC

FIRST OFFENSE, SECOND OFFENSE, THIRD OFFENSE

Jail* (2 days to 6 months) Jail* (30 days to 6 months) Jail*( 90 days to 5 years)

$500 to $5,000 fine, $750 to $5,000 fine, $1,500 to $10,000 fine

AHSS** AHSS**

12 months suspension, 12 months suspension, 12 months suspension

Ignition Interlock 12 months, Ignition Interlock 12 months

Highest BAC

FIRST OFFENSE, SECOND OFFENSE, THIRD OFFENSE

Jail* (30 days to 6 months) Jail*( 90 days to 5 years) Jail* (1 year to 5 years)

$1,000 to $5,000 fine, $1,500 to $10,000 fine, $2,500 to $10,000 fine

AHSS** AHSS**

12 months suspension, 18 months suspension, 18 months suspension

Ignition Interlock 12 months, Ignition Interlock 12 months

*Instead of jail, it is possible in some instances for the judge to sentence an individual to another form of imprisonment, such as house arrest.

**AHSS is Alcohol Highway Safety School, a required program for DUI offenders which requires no less than 12.5 hours to meet Pennsylvania guidelines and is paid for at the offender's expense.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Because as you can clearly see illustrated above, the penalties for DUI conviction are significant and it is in your best interests to avoid such consequences. An attorney at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you to fight these charges.

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