What You Should Know About Underage DUI in Pennsylvania

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Children will be children. They tend to think they are invincible and that nothing can hurt them. However, the state of Pennsylvania does not feel the same way, especially in regards to a minor driving while intoxicated. If you or your child needs help preparing for an upcoming case, please read on, then contact an experienced Pittsburgh under 21 DUI lawyer to learn what you should know about underage DUI in Pennsylvania.

What you should know about underage DUI in Pennsylvania

The penalties for underage DUI in Pennsylvania depend on the number of times, if any, you have allegedly committed the crime before. The penalties are as follows:

First offense:

  • An ungraded misdemeanor
  • Mandatory minimum 48 hours of incarceration
  • Up to 6 months of incarceration
  • A 12-month license suspension
  • 1 year of the ignition interlock device
  • A potential $5,000 fine
  • Mandatory enrollment in alcohol highway safety school
  • Potential court-ordered treatment

Second offense:

  • An ungraded misdemeanor
  • Mandatory minimum 30 days of incarceration
  • Up to 6 months of incarceration
  • A 12-month license suspension
  • Up to 1 year with the ignition interlock device
  • A potential $5,000 fine
  • Mandatory enrollment in alcohol highway safety school
  • Potential court-ordered treatment

Third Offense:

  • A 1st-degree misdemeanor
  • Mandatory minimum of 90 days of incarceration
  • Up to 5 years of incarceration
  • An 18-month license suspension
  • Up to 1 year with the ignition interlock device
  • A potential $10,000 fine
  • Potential court-ordered treatment

How long will an underage DUI conviction stay on your record in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, an underage driving under the influence conviction will stay on your record for a minimum of 10 years, after which you can seek to expunge it. However, the courts and the PennDOT may reject your petition.

How can a Pittsburgh defense attorney fight your charges?

Reaching out to a skilled Allegheny County DUI lawyer is an important first step. The potential defenses against DWI charges that your attorney will explore on your behalf include arguing that the law enforcement stop was unlawful and that the authorities improperly administered a Field Sobriety Test. If the officer failed to demonstrate the test, failed to explain all the instructions, failed to inform you that you were allowed to remove high heels during the test or you have a health issue that prevents you from being able to take a breath test, that can all be used in your defense. Fighting for you and your future will be an uphill battle. Let a qualified legal representative do it for you. Call us today.

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