Is this the second, third or fourth time you’ve been arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania?

If so, you are not alone.

Nearly one-third of all DUI arrests and convictions involve repeat offenses, according to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

But that doesn’t mean that you won’t be facing serious consequences…

Defending Drivers With Multiple DUI Offenses In Pennsylvania

Being convicted of intoxicated driving multiple times in Pennsylvania can come with serious consequences that could have long-lasting effects on your life.

Some of the potential consequences of a repeat DUI conviction include:

  • Expensive fines / fees
  • License suspension
  • Prison sentence
  • Ignition interlock device (IID)
  • Misdemeanor criminal charges

However, a DUI arrest does NOT necessarily mean a DUI conviction and a conviction does NOT always carry maximum penalties.

Our experienced DUI defense lawyers have successfully helped many individuals in the past to obtain favorable outcomes after a drunk driving arrest and we are prepared to help you too.

What Are The Consequences Of A Repeat DUI Conviction?

DUI laws in Pennsylvania are known to be particularly strict on repeat offenders.

The penalties associated with a repeat DUI offense usually depend on two important factors:

  • The number of previous DUI convictions that you’ve had within the past ten years
  • Your alleged BAC level when you were driving

You can learn about the standard penalties associated with several different DUI scenarios below.

Penalties For A 2nd Offense DUI

If you’ve been convicted of a DUI once within the past ten years then you will be facing the penalties associated with a second offense DUI.

The specific penalties that you face will depend on your alleged level of intoxication when you were driving:

General Impairment (.08% – .099% BAC)
  • 1 year of license suspension
  • 5 days to 6 months in prison
  • 1 year with ignition interlock device (IID)
  • $300 to $2,500 fine
  • $100 surcharge
  • Mandatory highway alcohol safety school
  • Drug or alcohol treatment (if ordered by court)
  • Community service (if ordered by court)
With High BAC (.10% – .159% BAC)
  • 1 year license suspension
  • 30 days to 6 months in prison
  • 1 year with ignition interlock device (IID)
  • $750 to $5,000 fine
  • $100 surcharge
  • Mandatory highway alcohol safety school
  • Drug or alcohol treatment (if ordered by court)
  • Community service (if ordered by court)
With Highest BAC (.16% or higher BAC) / Controlled Substance
  • 1st degree misdemeanor charge
  • 18 months of license suspension
  • 90 days to 5 years in prison
  • 1 year with ignition interlock system
  • $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  • $100 surcharge
  • Mandatory highway alcohol safety school
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Community service (if ordered by court)

Penalties For A 3rd Offense DUI

If you’ve been arrested for intoxicated driving twice within the past ten years then you will be facing a third offense DUI charge.

The specific penalties and fines that you face will depend on the type of DUI you are being charged with:

General Impairment (.08% – .099% BAC)
  • 2nd degree misdemeanor charge
  • 1 Year of License Suspension
  • 10 Days to 2 years In Prison
  • $500 – $5,000 Fine
  • $200 surcharge
  • Mandatory Highway Safety School
  • Drug or Alcohol Treatment (if ordered by court)
  • Community service (if ordered by court)
With High BAC (.10% – .159% BAC)
  • 1st degree misdemeanor charge
  • 18 months of license suspension
  • 90 days to 5 years in prison
  • 1 year with ignition interlock system
  • $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  • $200 surcharge
  • Mandatory highway alcohol safety school
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Community service (if ordered by court)
With Highest BAC (.16% or higher BAC) / Controlled Substance
  • 1st degree misdemeanor charge
  • 18 months of license suspension
  • 1 year to 5 years in prison
  • $2,500 to $10,000 fine
  • $200 surcharge
  • Mandatory highway alcohol safety school
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Community service (if ordered by court)

What To Do After A DUI Arrest

The penalties and fines can look scary regardless of what type of DUI you are being charged with. A conviction can affect your future in ways that you may not even be able to imagine at the moment.

That is why it is so important to consult a qualified DUI defense lawyer for legal help after being arrested.

Many people mistakenly believe that there is absolutely no hope after being arrested on intoxicated driving charges and assume that a guilty verdict with maximum penalties is the only option.

However, there are often many other legal options available.

Contact A Criminal Defense Lawyer In Pennsylvania

Our Pennsylvania DUI lawyers have decades of combined experience in defending individuals accused of driving under the influence in PA.

We have helped to obtain favorable outcomes for many of our clients over the years. Now it’s your turn.

Contact us today to begin exploring your legal options.