Driving under the influence is a serious crime that should not be taken lightly. When you have multiple convictions of driving while intoxicated, you can expect to face an escalated level of penalties. The consequences of a second or subsequent DUI conviction in Pennsylvania are serious. The penalties are based on an escalating scale that, in a large part, depend on the amount of alcohol that is in your system at the time you are arrested. It also takes into consideration the number of prior convictions that you’ve had for other DUIs. In Pennsylvania, you can be sentenced to as few as five days or up to five years in prison for a second or subsequent DUI conviction.
You can also face major fines of up to $2,500 and in some instances, you may be required to have an ignition interlock system installed on your vehicle. This would require you to take a breathalyzer test to detect alcohol each time you enter the vehicle before you’re able to drive. Also, it is important to note that if you’re caught driving or arrested driving with a DUI suspended license, there are mandatory jail sentences. Again, those are based on an escalating scale of how many times this has happened in the past.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in the state of Pennsylvania, it is essential that you obtain strong legal counsel from an experienced attorney, especially if you have prior DUI convictions.
If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania and require strong legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact The Conner Law Group to schedule a consultation today.