What Are the Penalties for Second-Offense DUIs in PA?

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What are the penalties for a second DUI in Pennsylvania (Tier 1)?

You will receive a general impairment DUI if you are found to have a BAC between .08% and .099% in Pennsylvania. If this is your second DUI, you will face harsher penalties than you would for a first-offense DUI.

The penalties for a second general impairment DUI in Pennsylvania are as follows:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • A fine of anywhere between $300 and $2,500
  • 1 year with the ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle
  • An ungraded misdemeanor
  • A 12-month suspension of your driver’s license
  • Mandatory minimum 5 days in jail
  • You will have to participate and complete alcohol highway safety school
  • Potential court-ordered treatment

What are the penalties for a high BAC (Tier 2) DUI in Pennsylvania?

If a driver is pulled over with a blood alcohol content of more than .10% but less than .16%, they will receive what is known as a high BAC DUI. If this is their second DUI within 10 years, they can expect to face the following penalties:

  • A fine between $750-$5,000
  • A 12-month license suspension
  • Mandatory minimum 30 days in jail
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Full D&A Assessment
  • Mandatory use of the ignition interlock device in your vehicle for 1 year
  • Enrollment in the AHSS

What are the penalties for a highest BAC (Tier 3) DUI in Pennsylvania?

When a driver is arrested with a blood alcohol content higher than .16%, they will face the following consequences:

  • Mandatory minimum 90 days in jail
  • Up to 5 years in jail
  • Enrollment in the AHSS
  • An 18-month license suspension
  • Mandatory use of the ignition interlock device in your vehicle for 1 year
  • A fine between $1,500-$10,000
  • Full D&A Assessment

When a driver is arrested for a Tier 3 DUI and this is their second DUI in 10 years, this will be considered a misdemeanor in the first degree.

If you are facing any of the above penalties, it is important that you retain the services of a skilled Pittsburgh second DUI lawyer. Our legal team can fight to have your charges mitigated or dropped altogether. Give our firm a call today to learn more about how we can assist you.

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