If you are facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please read on, then contact an experienced Allegheny County DUI lawyer to learn if you will lose your driver’s license after a DUI in Pennsylvania.
Will a DUI cost you your driver’s license in Pennsylvania?
Yes, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the Keystone State could very well cost you your driver’s license, especially if you sustain a conviction. Upon conviction in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation immediately suspends your driver’s license. Unlike other states, there is no separate administrative hearing to contest your license suspension. Your options are to fight the DUI or apply for an Ignition Interlock Limited License.
How long can you lose your driver’s license in Pennsylvania?
The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will depend on the number of times, if any, you have previously sustained convictions for this offense, as well as your level of intoxication. The suspensions and qualifications are as follows:
General Impairment penalties (Undetermined Blood Alcohol Content, .08% to .099% BAC)
- No prior DUI offenses: Attendance in alcohol highway safety school and treatment when ordered
- 1 prior DUI offense: 12-month license suspension
- 2 or more prior DUI offenses: 12-month license suspension
High BAC penalties (.10 to .159% BAC)
- No prior DUI offenses: 12-month license suspension
- 1 prior DUI offense: 12-month suspension
- 2 or more prior DUI offenses: 18-month license suspension
- 3 or more prior DUI offenses: 18-month license suspension
How can a Pittsburgh DUI lawyer help you?
Reaching out to a skilled Pittsburgh DUI lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your charges. A qualified legal professional knows the process, can help reduce the bias behind your case, take care of the paperwork and evidence, present a cohesive case, know how to select a jury, advise you when to remain silent, negotiate plea bargains including for a lighter sentence and help expunge your record. Without knowing it, your rights may have been violated. By questioning the legitimacy of the police officer’s probable cause and the reliability of their tests, a qualified legal professional may be able to help get your charges reduced or even dismissed. Our firm will fully apprise you of your rights and responsibilities as well as give you an honest assessment of your case. We will help prepare you for the future. So, do not go it alone. Give us a call today.
Contact Our Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer
The Law Office of George Heym focuses exclusively on DUI defense. George Heym is a former Allegheny County DUI prosecutor with an understanding of both sides of a DUI case, notable litigation experience, and relationships with local courts. Contact our firm to fight for your rights.