What Happens If You Hit Something During A DUI in Pennsylvania?

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Getting in a collision while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could result in an elevation of your charges. If you are a defendant in a DUI with injuries case, please read on, then contact an experienced Allegheny County DUI lawyer to learn what happens if you hit something during a DUI in Pennsylvania.

What happens if you hit something during a DUI in Pennsylvania?

Generally, the consequences of a DUI conviction are going to be more severe if the offense involved an assault. And the more serious the accident, the more severe the consequences can be. If you happen to hit a person while driving drunk in Pennsylvania, you could be charged with DUI Aggravated Assault. If convicted, you could face up to ten years in jail and a $25,000 fine. A DUI homicide conviction carries a mandatory three year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine for each victim killed in the accident.

What are the penalties if you hit something during a DUI in Pennsylvania?

Penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs usually depend on your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of your offense, and the number of times, if any, you have committed the offense of DUI in the past. The penalties for DUI with injuries are as follows:

First DUI with injuries:

  • Misdemeanor conviction
  • Maximum fine of $5,000
  • Maximum jail sentence of 6 months
  • 12 month suspension of driving privileges
  • Attendance of alcohol highway safety school

Second DUI with injuries:

  • Misdemeanor conviction
  • Maximum fine of $5,000
  • Maximum prison sentence of 6 months
  • 12 month suspension of driving privileges
  • Attendance of alcohol highway safety school
  • Mandatory one year Ignition Interlock

Third DUI with injuries:

  • Felony conviction
  • Maximum fine of $15,000
  • 1 to 7 years in prison
  • 18 month suspension of driving privileges
  • Mandatory one year Ignition Interlock

Fourth and Subsequent DUI with injuries:

  • Misdemeanor 1 conviction
  • $1,500 to $15,000 fine
  • Minimum 1 year in jail
  • 18 month suspension of driving privileges
  • Mandatory one year Ignition Interlock

How can a Pittsburgh DUI lawyer help you?

If you are facing DUI with injuries charges, you would be wise to reach out to a qualified legal representative to discuss how to minimize your charges or have them dismissed. Not every DUI results in the worst-case scenario. A skilled legal professional can get your charges minimized or dismissed for an array of reasons, including the mishandling of your arrest by police officers and problems with the field sobriety test. We can also negotiate for alternatives to jail like house arrest. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.

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