What are the penalties for a DUI?

Pennsylvania law takes a three-tiered approach to driving under the influence. If you are convicted of DUI, your penalties will depend upon which level your blood alcohol content falls under and whether or not you have had any prior DUI convictions.

As explained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the three BAC tiers are as follows:

  1. General impairment for a BAC of 0.08 percent to 0.099 percent
  2. High BAC for a BAC of 0.10 percent to 0.159 percent
  3. Highest BAC for a BAC of 0.16 percent or higher

General impairment penalties

If this is your first DUI conviction, your penalties could include up to six months of probation, a $300 fine, attendance of an alcohol highway safety school class and, if ordered by the court, a drug treatment program.

If this is your second DUI conviction, your penalties could include the following:

  • Jail sentence of from five days to six months
  • Fine of from $300 to $2,500
  • 12-month suspension of your driver’s license
  • Alcohol highway safety school
  • Alcohol treatment if ordered
  • An ignition interlock for one year

High BAC penalties

High BAC penalties range from a prison sentence of from 48 hours to five years, fines of from $500 to $10,000 and a license suspension of from 12 months to 18 months depending on how many prior DUI convictions you have had. These penalties are in addition to mandatory completion of an alcohol highway safety school class, alcohol treatment when ordered, and an ignition interlock for one year.

Highest BAC penalties

Highest BAC penalties range from a prison sentence of from 72 hours to five years, fines of from $1,000 to $10,000 and a license suspension of from 12 months to 18 months depending on how many prior DUI convictions you have had. These penalties are in addition to mandatory completion of an alcohol highway safety school class, alcohol treatment when ordered, and an ignition interlock for one year.

This information is provided for educational purposes. It should not be interpreted as legal advice.

 

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