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What to expect from a DUI charge

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.

Second chance possible for drunk driver with first-time DUI

It is possible for some people to get a second chance after receiving DUI charges. This chance is often welcomed by Pennsylvania residents who are facing serious drunk driving penalties. A drunk driving conviction can affect a person for years. It can also be difficult for a person to keep a job or go to school after a DUI conviction, since a DUI often results in the loss of a driver’s license.

What are the consequences of a first DUI in Pennsylvania?

Nearly everyone knows that there are laws against drunk driving in Philadelphia, as well as throughout Pennsylvania. These laws are not only meant to protect others from those who are drinking and driving, but to get help for people who may have an alcohol problem. The laws regarding drunk driving are not as severe in Pennsylvania as they are in many other states, but the potential consequences you may face can still be costly.

Ignition interlock laws in Pennsylvania

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.

Field sobriety tests easy to fail even for sober people

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. 

What is an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition?

Although receiving a DUI is associated with a variety of different severe penalties, such as license suspension, fines and jail time, it is an offense that can remain on a person’s record. After a person is convicted of drunk driving, having this offense on their record can harm them in many different ways, especially while finding employment. However, according to the Office of the District Attorney City of Philadelphia, offenders may be able to have this charge expunged from their record if they participate in an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.

License Suspension is one of the consequences of a DUI

If you are like many in Pennsylvania, driving to work, school, the grocery store and other locations is an essential part of handling the demands of everyday life. However, if you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, one of the potential consequences of drunk driving is getting your license suspended. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, how long your license is suspended for depends on how many prior DUI offenses exist on your record and what your blood alcohol content level was at the time of the arrest.

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Implied Consent law

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, drivers are considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol if their blood alcohol content level is at or above 0.08. Additionally, law enforcement officials may pull drivers over and charge them with a DUI if they are driving erratically. For instance, if a driver is driving too slow, changing lanes frequently or failing to obey traffic signs, they may be found guilty of drunk driving.

The 3 levels of DUI in Pennsylvania

According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it is illegal for a person to consume a sufficient amount of alcohol that renders them incapable of operating a vehicle safely. Additionally, a driver may be arrested for drunk driving if their level of impairment falls under one of Pennsylvania’s three categories for DUI. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation states that these three levels include general impairment, high BAC and highest BAC.

Man's 10th DUI treated as a first offense

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.

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