When you’ve been arrested and charged with drinking and driving in Pennsylvania, one of the factors that will determine the penalties you’ll face is the number of times you have previously been convicted of drunk driving. Here are the guidelines in Pennsylvania.
If you have never been convicted of DUI before, you won’t have to face any minimum jail time. That typically applies only if you are charged with “general impairment, where your BAC is below .10. A first conviction can lead to a $300 fine, but there is no license suspension and no ignition interlock, unless you refuse to take the blood test.
For a second conviction, you can be sentenced anywhere from 5 days to 6 months in jail, depending in part on your level of intoxication. The fine can be as little as $300 or as much as $2,500 and you will lose your driving privileges for 12 months. If you are given any type of restricted driving privileges, you will be required to have an ignition interlock installed on your vehicle.
For any additional conviction, you can face 10 days to two years of incarceration. The financial penalties range from $500 to $5,000. Your driving privileges will be suspended for a year and you’ll have to install an ignition interlock for any restricted driving.
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