Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges are subject to two parts in Pennsylvania: Civil and Criminal. If you are convicted of a DUI, you may be subject to jail, probation, fines, and license suspension.
DUI penalties are based on factors such as your Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) and prior DUI offenses in the last 10 years. The mandatory minimum punishments are generally for 1st time offenders:
- BAC 0.08-0.09% – Up to 6 months probation and a $300 fine
- BAC 0.10-0.159% – 48 hours and up to 6 months in jail; fines of $500 to $5,000; license suspended for 12 months.
- BAC 0.16% and up – Minimum 72 hours to maximum 6 months in jail; fines of $1,000 to $5,000; license suspended for 12 months.
Alternatives to Jail
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD) is a pre-trial diversion program that is generally available to people with no prior record. If you are accepted into the ARD program, you will be placed on probation for a period of time and you will have to agree to certain conditions.
Upon successful completion of the program, you may petition the court to have the charges dismissed and the case expunged.
Attorney Longo will review your case and discuss possible defenses, alternatives to jail, and she will explain the collateral consequences of a DUI that extend beyond jail time and fines.
Penn Dot will suspend your license for a DUI based on your BAC level.
Penn Dot will also suspend your license for other offenses such as:
- Traffic Violations
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Underage Drinking
Attorney Longo will review your case and if appropriate, the suspension may be appealed or challenged.
You may be able to apply for Occupational Limited License which is available in limited circumstances. This license will let you get to work or to medical appointments even if your license is suspended.