DUI Penalties

In Pittsburgh, as it is all over the U.S., the courts are harsh in their treatment of those convicted of DUI. Pittsburgh uses Pennsylvania’s three-tier system to determine the punishments for those convicted of the crime. This system gives clearly defined guidelines, and our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys can explain DUI penalties in detail.

The legal blood alcohol content in Pennsylvania is below .08. If you are tested at .08, or at a higher level, you will automatically be charged with driving under the influence.

A DUI conviction can seriously impair your ability to acquire and maintain auto, health, life and disability insurance. Insurers can and do raise premiums and cancel policies in response to DUI convictions.

A Pennsylvania DUI conviction can carry serious penalties, as demonstrated below. Attorney Sean Logue and his associates can provide an aggressive and effective criminal defense, regardless of which state your arrest occurred.

Pennsylvania DUI Penalties

Prior DUIsPenalties – .08 to .099 percent BAC, or undetermined BACPenalties – .10 to 159 percent BACPenalties – .16 percent or greater BAC
NoneUp to six months of probation; $300 fine; alcohol highway safety school, possible substance abuse treatment.One-year license suspension; two days to six months in prison; $500-$5,000 fine; alcohol highway safety school, possible substance abuse treatment.One-year license suspension; three days to six months in prison; $1,000-$5,000 fine; alcohol highway safety school; possible substance abuse treatment.
OneOne-year license suspension; five days to six months in jail; $300-$2,500 fine; alcohol highway safety school; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.One-year license suspension; 30 days to six months in prison; $750-$5,000 fine; alcohol highway safety school; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.First-degree misdemeanor. 18-month license suspension; three months to five years in prison; $1,500-$10,000 fine; alcohol highway safety school; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.
Two or moreOne-year license suspension; 10 days to two years in prison; $500-$5,000 fine; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.First-degree misdemeanor. 18-month license suspension; three months to five years in prison; $1,500-$10,000 fine; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.First-degree misdemeanor. 18-month license suspension; one to five years in prison; $2,500-$10,000 fine; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.
Three or moreOne-year license suspension; 10 days to two years in prison; $500-$5,000 fine; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.First-degree misdemeanor. 18-month license suspension; One to five years in prison; $1,500-$10,000 fine; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.First-degree misdemeanor. 18-month license suspension; one to five years in prison; $2,500-$10,000 fine; possible substance abuse treatment; one-year ignition interlock.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Recent changes to the law (made in 2018) make a third DUI with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.16 percent or higher a felony. This means that the penalty for a conviction will be more severe.

A fourth DUI with any BAC level is also a felony charge under the new law.

The new law increases the penalties that come with a DUI resulting in the death of another person, as well. If the driver who caused the accident is driving under suspension or without a license, he or she faces an additional five years of prison time. An additional two years of jail is added now to those who are convicted of aggravated assault while driving on a suspended license.

Drunk Driving Defense

For a free consultation with an effective western Pennsylvania DUI defense attorney, contact Logue Law Group online today, or by calling 412-389-0805 or (412) 612-2210. An experienced DUI Lawyer in Pittsburgh will get in touch with you and take care of your case, seeking to avoid or minimize any DUI penalties.

Sean Logue and his associates at Logue Law Group serve Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia.

DUI Consequences

A DUI conviction comes with a lot of consequences, legal and otherwise. These consequences vary based on your occupation, any professional licenses you may have, especially Commercial Driver’s Licenses, and the attitudes of your friends, family, and neighbors.

One of the ways a conviction for Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol can come back to haunt you is your employment status. In certain job positions, a person can get fired for getting a DUI conviction. A professional truck driver, or anyone holding a CDL, can lose their commercial driver’s license permanently, which means they also lose their job. Getting a new job, once your jail time and driver’s license suspension have been completed, can be very difficult if you have a criminal record with a DUI conviction on it. This will lead you to have a hard time paying your bills and supporting your family.

Your DUI conviction is always reported to your automobile insurance company. Your rates will go up, the amount dependent on how many convictions you have had. A third DUI conviction in less than ten years will make your insurance coverage so expensive that you might not be able to afford it anymore.

Of course, a conviction for Driving Under the Influence will mean the suspension of your license for a period of time. This is a harsh consequence, and will cause a lot of headaches for you and your family. You won’t be able to get to work, if you even still have a job or can find a new one. You won’t be able to take your kids to school or practice or for outings. Even simple things like grocery shopping will be more difficult.

Another consequence of a DUI conviction is lost time. You could be required to complete community service, safe driving classes, and drug and alcohol evaluations. You could go to jail or state prison. Every hour you spend in court-ordered punishment is another hour you could have spent living your life. You’ll never get those hours back.

Legally, the consequences of a DUI conviction vary and are dependent on how impaired you were and how many previous convictions you have on your record. You could go to jail for anywhere from five days to five years. You could pay fines of anything from $500 to $10,000. And, that driver’s license suspension could be for 30 days or 18 months or anything in between.

Have you or someone you know been arrested for Driving Under the Influence? Is it your first DUI charge, or your second or third time in the last ten years? If so, you will need the expertise of a criminal defense attorney who has handled hundreds of DUI cases, many just like yours. The Logue Criminal Defense team has defended hundreds of people arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Logue Law Group serves Pittsburgh, PA, West Virginia, and Ohio. Call today for a free initial consultation at (412) 612-2210 or (412) 389-0805. Or, you can contact us online.

Client Reviews

Sean is the best criminal defense lawyer ever! He answered all questions and returned all calls and texts. He was informed. He was attentive and got us an outcome that we never expected! Want someone who will fight for you and protect your rights? If yes, then Sean Logue is the attorney you want on...

Former Client

Sean is the best criminal defense lawyer ever! He answered all questions and returned all calls and texts. He was informed. He was attentive and got us an outcome that we never expected! Want someone who will fight for you and protect your rights? If yes, then Sean Logue is the attorney you want on...

Former Client

Attorney Logue represented me well and took care of my legal issues superbly. He is a no-nonsense, very knowledgeable and well respected lawyer. I was pleased with his services. Would definitely recommend Attorney Logue to others.

Former Client

After fighting a ticket from hell that cost me my job, thousands in debt from having no job and threatening my present career, Sean Logue stepped in and the case was dismissed. It's a huge relief to have his professionalism and know-how in your corner!

Former Client

Free Consultation

You will never find us short of knowledge & commitment
while handling your case.

Contact Us Now