Penalties for a DUI conviction are outlined in Pennsylvania’s statutes (state laws). Primary sentencing depends upon whether the DUI is a first offense or a multiple offense (repeat offender). The court will examine how many other DUIs you’ve had within the 10 years prior to your current DUI charge. Some hard-line judges may go farther back and consider a DUI conviction older than 10 years.
Other Considerations Involved In Your Sentencing
Aside from the number of prior DUIs you have, there are several other factors taken into consideration during your sentencing.
Those factors include (but are not limited to):
- Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level.
If the reading was especially high, or you refused to take the test, this will effect your sentence.
- Any Other Aggravating Factors.
Were you involved in a car accident? Did you resist arrest or fight with the police?
- Your Criminal Record.
If you have prior criminal convictions, even if they are not DUI related, you have a criminal record. This can also effect your sentence.
Pennsylvania's DUI Penalty Chart
* Ungraded Misdemeanors do not permit jury trials.