Driver's License Suspension for a DUI in Pennsylvania - The Philadelphia DUI Law Blog

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Driver's License Suspension for a DUI in Pennsylvania

Many individuals overlook a possible driver's license suspension as a penalty for a DUI.

Instead, and rightly so, they focus on jail time and possible loss of freedom. Next, the accused may then worry about any monetary fines or terms of probation.

However, the DUI penalty that may have the greatest impact on your day-to-day life may be the driver's license suspension. If you lose your license, how will you get to work? Buy groceries? Take your kids to school?

As with other penalties for drunk driving in Pennsylvania, the penalties for a driver's license suspension typically depends upon two factors: your blood alcohol content at the time of arrest, AND your prior history of DUIs.

Blood Alcohol Content Below 0.10%

  • First Offense: A driver usually does not face a license suspension for the first offense.
  • Second or Subsequent Offense: A driver faces a 12-month license suspension.

Blood Alcohol Content Between 0.10% and 0.16%

  • First Offense: Possible 12-month license suspension.
  • Second Offense: Possible 12-month license suspension.
  • Third or Subsequent Offense: Possible 18-month license suspension.

Blood Alcohol Content Greater Than 0.16%

  • First Offense: Possible 12-month license suspension.
  • Second or Subsequent Offense: Possible 18-month license suspension.

Out-of-State DUI Convictions

  • First Offense: No suspension.
  • Second or Subsequent Offense: Possible 12-month license suspension.

Contact a DUI Attorney

If you have been arrested for a DUI, you should talk to a DUI defense attorney. The penalties for a DUI can be very severe and can include much more than jail time and monetary fines.

A driver's license suspension has the potential to impact your day-to-day life as well as your working life if your job depends upon driving. An experienced attorney can help you keep your license even if that means installing an ignition interlock device into your car.

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