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The Punishment for DUI in Pennsylvania

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Nov 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

So, you've been arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania. Congratulations! You're now a member of a very exclusive club. One that nobody wants to be in.

But seriously, driving under the influence is a serious offense. It's dangerous and illegal, and it can have serious consequences.

So, what are the DUI punishments in Pennsylvania? Well, that depends on a few factors, including your BAC (blood alcohol content), your driving record, and whether or not you caused any injuries or property damage.

But in general, here's what you can expect:

  • First offense DUI: A misdemeanor punishable by up to six months of probation and a $300 fine. You may also lose your driver's license for up to one year.
  • Second offense DUI: A misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days to six months in jail, a $300-$2,500 fine, and a one-year license suspension.
  • Third offense DUI: A felony punishable by up to 90 days to two years in jail, a $500-$5,000 fine, and a one-year license suspension.

If you have a high BAC (0.16% or higher) or if you caused any injuries or property damage, you may face additional penalties, including:

  • Higher fines
  • Longer jail sentences
  • Ignition interlock device requirement
  • Alcohol treatment requirement

And if you're caught driving under the influence with a minor in the car, you'll face even harsher penalties.

So, as you can see, the DUI punishments in Pennsylvania are pretty severe. But that's for good reason. DUI is a serious offense, and it needs to be treated seriously.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "But I'm a good person! I made a mistake! I don't deserve to be punished so harshly!"

And to that I say: Guess what. This is happening.

You made a choice to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. And now you have to face the consequences of that choice.

But don't worry, there's still hope. If you're arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania, it's important to hire a qualified DUI attorney. A good DUI lawyer can help you minimize the penalties you face and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Get this thing dismissed. Get the record of it even happening expunged.

So, if you've been arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania, don't despair. Call a DUI attorney today. And next time, don't drink and drive.

Here are some additional tips for avoiding DUI punishments in Pennsylvania:

  • Don't drink and drive. It's really that simple.
  • If you're going to drink, have a designated driver.
  • Take a taxi or Uber.
  • Call a friend or family member for a ride.
  • Stay overnight at a friend's house or hotel.

And if you do get pulled over by the police, be polite and cooperative. Don't argue with the officer or try to talk your way out of it. You can, in fact, make things worse and many people do. Just don't. And call and attorney ASAP.

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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