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DUI Under 21 in Pennsylvania: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Jan 08, 2024 | 0 Comments

DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania is a serious offense with potentially severe consequences. If you have been arrested for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania, it is important to understand your rights and options. This blog post will provide you with a comprehensive overview of DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania, including the legal definition of DUI, the penalties for DUI under 21, and the steps you should take if you have been arrested for DUI under 21.

What is DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania?

DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania is defined as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs while under the age of 21. Pennsylvania has a zero tolerance policy for DUI under 21, which means that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system while driving.

What are the penalties for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania?

The penalties for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania are severe. For a first offense, you could face the following penalties:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Fines of $500 to $5,000
  • An 18-month license suspension
  • Attendance at an alcohol highway safety school

For a second offense, the penalties are even more severe, including:

  • 30 days to 6 months in jail
  • Fines of $750 to $5,000
  • A 18-month license suspension
  • Attendance at an alcohol highway safety school

For a third or subsequent offense, the penalties are even more severe, including:

  • 90 days to 6 months in jail
  • Fines of $1,500 to $10,000
  • An 18-month license suspension
  • Attendance at an alcohol highway safety school

In addition to the above penalties, you may also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. An ignition interlock device is a device that prevents you from starting your vehicle if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above a certain level.

What should I do if I have been arrested for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania?

If you have been arrested for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania, the most important thing to do is to contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible. A DUI lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and can represent you in court.

Here are some additional steps you should take if you have been arrested for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania:

  • Do not speak to the police without an attorney present.
  • Gather any evidence that may be helpful in your case, such as witness statements or receipts from restaurants or bars where you were drinking.
  • Be prepared to attend all court dates and hearings.

Conclusion

DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania is a serious offense with potentially severe consequences. If you have been arrested for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania, it is important to contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible. A DUI lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and can represent you in court.

Additional information

In addition to the information above, here are some additional things to keep in mind about DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania:

  • If you are under the age of 21 and you are caught driving with a BAC of .02% or higher, you will be charged with DUI.
  • If you are under the age of 21 and you are caught driving with a BAC of .02% or higher, but less than .08%, you will be charged with underage drinking and driving.
  • If you are under the age of 21 and you are caught driving with a BAC of .10% or higher, you will be charged with a high BAC DUI.
  • If you are under the age of 21 and you are caught driving with a minor passenger in the car, you will face additional penalties.

If you have been arrested for DUI under 21 in Pennsylvania, it is important to remember that you have rights. Contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.

About the Author

Sean Quinlan

Attorney Quinlan has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 2001. He earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, and earned his B.A. at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania State Bar Associati...

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