Philadelphia DUI Attorney
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania is a serious criminal offense. Unlike some other states, Pennsylvania treats DUI cases as criminal offenses, punishable by jail time, license suspension, and onerous fines and costs.
As stated earlier, DUI cases are treated as crimes. As a result, when you are arrested for DUI, your information is placed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Placement in NCIC means that any officer, court, employer, or other person conducting a background check can see if you were arrested for DUI.
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Pennsylvania carries a tiered system for DUIs. This means that as your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) goes up, so do the penalties. The tiered system also means that if you have multiple offenses, your penalties also increase.
If your BAC is .08% to .10% or you are driving your vehicle while impaired to a degree you cannot operate your vehicle safely, you are facing a minimum of 6 months probation and a $300 fine on your first offense. On a second offense, you face a mandatory 5 day to 6 month sentence and a fine of $300 to $2,500. A third offense, 10 days to 24 months with a $500 to $5,000 fine. Each of these offenses is graded as a misdemeanor (crime). You may also receive probation on top of the time listed above.
If your BAC is .10% to .159%, you face a mandatory minimum sentence of 48 hours to 6 months, and a $500 to $5,000 fine on a first offense. On a second offense, you face 30 days to 6 months and a $750 to $5,000 fine and on a third offense, you face 90 days to 5 years and a $1,500 to $10,000 fine. There may also be probation added to the end of these figures, in the discretion of the District Attorney and/or the judge in the case.
If your BAC is .16% and above or you have a controlled substance, such as marijuana, percocet, cocaine, or heroin in your system, you are facing a mandatory minimum of 72 hours to 6 months on a first offense with a fine of $1,000 to $5,000. On a second offense, you can be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 90 days to 5 years with a $1,500 minimum fine, and a third offense 1 to 5 years in state prison with a $2,500.00 minimum fine. Depending on the charges you are convicted of, there may also be a probation added to the end of these figures, in the discretion of the District Attorney and/or judge in the case.
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Consult an attorney as soon as you receive your charges. As you can see, the Penalties for DUI are severe and include jail time. There are alternatives to jail. Some of the alternatives include: acceptance into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD), DUI Court (in some jurisdictions), house arrest, and inpatient treatment.
An experienced DUI attorney will be able to advocate on your behalf so that you have the best chance of not going to jail. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have decades of experience handling DUI cases and are in the best position to advocate for your freedom. Call us today for a free consultation.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.