Driving Under the Influence in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania takes driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol very seriously. When an individual is arrested for a DUI, the court will try to hold them accountable with the appropriate penalties. With that said, an experienced criminal defense attorney can look for defenses that may help reduce the penalties of the accused or even have the case dismissed. In Pennsylvania, the penalties for driving under the influence are in correlation with the driver’s blood alcohol content.

If the individual had a blood alcohol content that was either undetermined or between 0.08 percent and 0.099 percent, it is considered “general impairment.” They will face the following consequences:

  • Ungraded misdemeanor
  • Probation up to 6 months
  • Fine of $300
  • Engagement in the alcohol highway safety school
  • Possible mandatory treatment

With a blood alcohol content of between 0.10 percent and 0.159 percent, it is considered a “high BAC.” The individual may be subject to the following penalties:

  • Ungraded misdemeanor
  • License suspension of 12-months
  • Imprisonment of 48 hours to 6 months
  • Fine of $500-$5000
  • Engagement in the alcohol highway safety school
  • Possible mandatory treatment

Finally, when a driver has a blood alcohol content that is greater than .16 percent, it is considered the “highest BAC,” and will result in the following consequences:

  • Ungraded misdemeanor
  • License suspension of 12-months
  • Imprisonment of 72 hours to 6 months
  • Fine of $1000-$5000
  • Engagement in the alcohol highway safety school
  • Possible mandatory treatment

If you have been charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania, contact us today.

If you have been charged with a crime in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and require strong legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney, The Conner Law Group is here to help. Contact The Conner Law Group to schedule a consultation today.