Pennsylvania DUI Penalties
If you are convicted of a DUI charge in Pennsylvania, you could be looking at serious jail time. In fact, since drunk driving is classified as a criminal offense, repeat offenders are subject to lengthy prison sentences. Additionally, a DUI conviction will almost certainly result in the loss of your driver’s license for an extended period of time. Beyond that, the fines for a DUI conviction can be costly – especially if you are a repeat offender or are convicted of driving with an excessively high blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
Levittown PA DWI Defense Lawyers
The experienced lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson defend clients against DUI charges in Bucks County, PA, including Chalfont, Dublin, and Middletown. We appreciate the importance of this matter for you and your loved ones. That’s why our litigation team will fight tenaciously on your behalf in the courtroom. We also employ an investigative team that will examine the facts in your drunk driving case and counter the prosecution’s evidence. Call us today so we can look over the details of your case and determine the best strategy to help you avoid DUI penalties.
Bucks County DUI Penalties: Jail Time and License Suspension
The grading of a DUI offense determines the possible penalties. DUI offenses are classified according to the BAC level and the number of prior offenses. There are three levels of DUI in PA: General Impairment (.08-.099 percent BAC); High BAC (.10-.159 percent BAC); and Highest BAC (.16 percent or higher). The higher tiers subject offenders to more severe punishments, including up to five years in jail and suspension of driving privileges for 18 months.
Other PA DUI Penalties: Ignition Interlock Devices, Alcohol Treatment Program, and Community Service
Repeat offenders face enhanced penalties. For example, a repeat offender may be required to install ignition interlock devices on all of their motor vehicles after their driver’s license is restored.
All DUI offenders are also required to undergo a Court Reporting Network (CRN) evaluation to determine if they might require alcohol treatment. The CRN evaluation may be following by a Drug and Alcohol Assessment. Depending upon the outcomes of the assessment, you could be ordered to undergo treatment for addiction.
When it comes to community service requirements for DUI convictions, courts are very strict. Anyone who ignores the court order and fails to perform the required community service can face additional penalties.
Collateral Consequences of a DUI Conviction: Permanent Criminal Record
A DUI conviction will also go on your permanent record. This can cost you employment opportunities in the future because you will have to explain the conviction when applying for jobs. Since your permanent record is available to the public, it will be easy for friends, family members, and employers to learn about your conviction.
Penalties for Breath Test Refusal
If you refused to take a breath test, you will not only be subject to the penalties for a DUI; your driver’s license may be suspended for an even longer period of time. This is because all drivers in Pennsylvania offer implied consent to take a breath test when requested by law enforcement. The same is true for blood tests and urine tests: refusal will result in a near-automatic conviction and license suspension.
Free Consultation with Bensalem DWI Attorneys
The attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson understand that your freedom could be at stake. That’s why we will do whatever it takes to help you avoid jail time and beat your DUI charges. Call us today to discuss your drunk driving case, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a meeting at our Bensalem office.