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How Pennsylvania Determines DUI Penalties

Pennsylvania's DUI laws focus on rehabilitation more than punishment, but this does not mean you should make light of the situation. In fact, any penalties will likely have an impact on your life.

The penalties corresponding to a DUI depend on multiple factors, one being your blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of arrest. You could be charged with general impairment, high BAC or highest BAC. Penalties will also be highly influenced by whether you have prior DUIs on your criminal record and whether you agreed or refused to submit to a blood draw.

For example, if a first-offense DUI is considered general impairment (BAC between .08 and .99), the penalty is likely to include a small fine, months of probation and a mandatory safety course. If you have a DUI on your record, however, the fine could be raised, you may face jail time and you may be required to use an ignition interlock device after your sentence is over.

If your offense is considered high or hishest BAC, you could immediately be facing fines, jail time, mandatory treatment and license suspension, even with no prior offenses.

Always Comply With An Officer

Being pulled over and investigated for drunk driving is a scary situation, but you could make your situation worse by refusing to take a breath test if asked to do so. In Pennsylvania, refusing a breath test could increase your penalties to those of the highest BAC level, regardless of your actual BAC level at the time.

Jaclyn Shaw is devoted to upholding her clients' rights, and she has the skill set to defend you against the most severe charges. You deserve a DUI lawyer who can build a case around your particular circumstances.

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To discuss your DUI case, please us or call 724-335-0500. We are prepared to listen and help you understand the next steps of your case.

Our office is located in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, but we accept cases throughout western Pennsylvania.