Getting charged with a DUI can be devastating. Whether it is your first DUI charge or not, you will want to know what penalties you might be facing ahead of time so that you can better prepare yourself for your court case. Here at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, we understand that you want to minimize the impact that your DUI may have on your life. We strive to provide you with information that can help.
If you’re facing DUI charges, you may wonder what penalties you’re facing. Depending on whether you’ve had any previous drunk driving convictions in Pennsylvania, you may only face a fine, or you could end up with more serious consequences such as heavier fines and jail time. You may also end up with an order to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., fully understand the laws surrounding first-time and subsequent DUIs in Pennsylvania, including ignition interlock laws.
Law enforcement in many states, including Pennsylvania, utilize the field sobriety test as a way to determine if someone may be intoxicated without using a breath or chemical test. This can be a quick way to get a drunk driver off the road during a routine traffic stop. However, passing a field sobriety test isn’t as easy as people may think. Even those who haven’t been drinking may have trouble performing the actions that are conducted during a standardized field sobriety test.
In Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, receiving more than one DUI is associated with serious consequences. For example, those arrested for more than two DWI offenses with a blood alcohol content level between .08 and .099 are subject to 12 months of license suspension, a fine of up to $5,000 and between 10 days and two years in prison. Those caught driving with a BAC level between 0.10 to .159 with three or more prior DUI offenses may be required to spend up to five years in prison and pay a fine of $1,500 to $10,000. However, there are some situations where repeat offenders may not face severe penalties for drinking and driving.
With drunk driving, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Not only does the amount of intoxication recorded on a breathing machine or blood test matter, but if you have been convicted of DUI previously it will also have an impact on your case. However, not every state is the same. For example, if you live in Montgomery, you might be surprised to hear about a recent comparison of the drunk driving laws in Pennsylvania with other states.