DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania

Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has some of the worst penalties for a DUI Conviction in the United States. Losing a license for an entire year is terrible, but if you are convicted of a DUI, you face jail time, heavy fines and a criminal record for the rest of your life.

Pennsylvania breaks down penalties for convictions in tiers based on your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Level at the time of the arrest. The punishments for each are detailed below. Please note that the punishments and penalties are only if you are convicted. Many people fight and win DUI cases in court. Even if your DUI case can not be dismissed, it is possible to have your charges reduced or to be accepted into alternative programs, like the PA ARD Program.

An Arrest is Not a Conviction

If you’ve been charged with DUI in Pennsylvania, your first step should be to discuss your charges with an experienced and aggressive Pennsylvania DUI lawyer.

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Tier 1: General Impairment (BAC .08 – .099)

  • 1st Offense DUI: A misdemeanor, six months probation and a $300 fine;
  • 2nd Offense DUI: A misdemeanor, five days to six months in jail, a $300 -$2500 fine and a one year license suspension;
  • 3rd Offense DUI: 2nd degree misdemeanor, ten days to two years in prison, a $500 -$5,000 fine and a one year license suspension.

Tier 2. High Rate (BAC .10 – .159)

  • 1st Offense DUI: A misdemeanor, 48 hours to six months jail, a $500 – $5,000 fine and a one year license suspension;
  • 2nd Offense DUI: A misdemeanor, 30 days – six months jail, a $750 – $5,000 fine and a one year license suspension;
  • 3rd Offense DUI:  A 1st degree misdemeanor, 90 days – five years in prison, a $1,500 – $10,000 fine and an 18 month license suspension;
  • 4th Offense DUI: A 1st degree misdemeanor, One year to five years in prison, a $1,500 – $10,000 fine and an 18 month license suspension.

Tier 3. Highest Rate (BAC .16 +); Controlled Substance (Drug DUI) ; Refusal of Chemical Test

  • 1st Offense DUI: A misdemeanor, 72 hours – six months jail, a $1,000 – $5,000 fine; a one year license suspension;
  • 2nd Offense DUI: A first-degree misdemeanor, 90 days – five years in prison a $1,500 – $10,000 fine, and an 18 month license suspension;
  • 3rd Offense DUI:  A first-degree misdemeanor, one year to five years jail, a $2,500 – $10,000 fine and an 18 month license suspension.

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