Drunk Driving Penalties in Pennsylvania

Understanding the consequences of a conviction for drunk driving can help someone charged with this offense realize the importance of an aggressive defense. Drunk driving laws in Pennsylvania are clear and detailed about the penalties you face if you are convicted. Your fate will depend in part on the amount of blood alcohol content that police determine you were driving with:

  • General impairment level of .08 to .099 percent blood alcohol content
  • High blood alcohol level of .10 to .159 percent
  • Highest blood alcohol content of .16 percent or higher

Your penalties will also depend on how many DUI convictions you have had. The chart below gives an abbreviated summary of some of the penalties you can expect to face if you are convicted of a DUI in Pennsylvania. To learn how Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, PC, can defend you, contact us at our law offices in Hazleton.

Drunk Driving Penalties

Lawyer Bruce S. Miller can explain how the following penalties might be applied to you, depending on the facts and outcome of your case.

General impairmentHigh blood alcoholHighest blood alcohol
No prior convictionsmisdemeanor; up to six months probation; $300 finemisdemeanor; 12-month license suspension; 48 hours to six months in prison; $500-$5,000 finemisdemeanor; 12-month license suspension; 72 hours to six months in prison $1,000-$5,000 fine
One prior DUI offensemisdemeanor; 12-month license suspension; five days to six months jail time; $200-$2500 fine; one year ignition interlockmisdemeanor; 12-month license suspension; 30 days to six months in prison; $750-$5,000 fine; one year ignition interlockfirst-degree misdemeanor; 18-month license suspension; 90 days to five years in prison; $1500-$10,000 fine; one year ignition interlock
Two prior DUI offenses second-degree misdemeanor; 12-month license suspension; 10 days to two years in prison; $500-$5,000 fine; one year ignition interlockfirst-degree misdemeanor; 18-month license suspension; 90 days to five years in prison; $1500-$10,000 fine; one year ignition interlockfirst-degree misdemeanor; 18-month license suspension; one to five years in prison; $2,500-$10,000 fine; one year ignition interlock

It should be obvious from the above that your legal situation is urgent after a DUI arrest. The sooner you have legal representation, the more options you may have to preserve your driving privileges and your freedom. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and discuss with a lawyer what to do to protect your best interests after a drunk driving arrest. Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, PC, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, considers education of its clients to be an essential part of its advocacy and representation.

Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer With Decades of Experience

We understand what is at stake when you face DUI charges. We are here to fight for you — and to show you how to be an active participant in your own defense. For a free consultation regarding any criminal matter, email us or call us at 570-861-5905. Attorney Bruce Miller will personally speak with you or respond to your e-mail inquiry.