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DUI Laws in Philadelphia

Pennsylvania’s DUI laws penalize an offender based on a three-tiered system using the driver’s blood-alcohol content. The three tiers and their possible punishments are: six months probation and a $300 fine for a General Impairment DUI (.08 to .099% BAC); a 12-month driver’s license suspension, 48 hours of jail time and a $500 fine for a High BAC DUI (.10 to .159%); and a 12-month driver’s license suspension, 72 hours of jail time and a $1,000 fine for a Highest BAC DUI (.16% and above).

While it could be difficult to keep up with the most up-to-date information on the state’s DUI laws, understanding the law will help you make the best decisions possible in dealing with a DUI charge. Philadelphia DUI attorneys can help guide you through complicated DUI laws and the processes of a DUI charge.


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Pa. DUI Bill May Require Ignition Interlock for 1st Offenders

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are currently only required for repeat offenders in Pennsylvania, but a new law may mandate first-time DUI offenders use these devices as well.

Political pressure from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has led to a bill that would require ignition interlocks in almost all DUI cases, with the strange result of getting more DUI offenders back on the road, Philadelphia's WHYY reports.

How might this law affect first-time DUI offenders?

3 Dangerous DUI Charges

DUIs are not just a little bit of swerving on the road that never hurt anyone. In fact, they are not only extremely dangerous, but come with just as dangerous charges. Take Robert Landis of Chester County, for one, who is now facing trial for nearly 32 different counts, for allegedly striking and killing a motorist while driving under the influence. Landis, 50, had already been found guilty of five DUIs prior to this alleged incident, Philadelphia's WCAU reports.

It should go without saying that drivers should never follow Landis' lead, but here are 3 dangerous DUI charges that you may not know about:

3 Ways to Challenge a DUI Checkpoint Stop in Pennsylvania

Chances are, as a Pennsylvanian, you know what a DUI checkpoint looks like. You may have even gone through one. If you haven't, it's likely that you will. DUI checkpoints are generally not welcome by drivers, regardless of their sobriety. Police officers often make even the most innocent of drivers nervous, the checkpoints are unexpected, and they stall traffic.

Unfortunately, they are completely legal. Despite many states actually implementing laws that forbid DUI checkpoints, Pennsylvania is not one of them. This means that, as a driver in Pennsylvania, you'll likely encounter one.

If you do, and for some reason you are arrested, is that the end? Not quite. Here's a breakdown of DUI checkpoints, and three ways you can challenge one in Pennsylvania.

3 Questions About Installing Ignition Interlock Devices

Consequences for being convicted of a DUI not only include license suspension and possible jail time. It could also require getting an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

These devices can keep you off the road. But ignorance of how they work can land you back in court.

That's why you may want to pay attention to these answers to three common questions about ignition interlock devices in Pennsylvania:

Beware DUIs on Bikes, Boats This Summer

DUIs on boats and DUIs on bikes are a real thing. So, if you think you can avoid a DUI in Philadelphia just by ensuring that you don't get into a car drunk, think again.

From boats to even standard bikes, if you're operating any of these alternative means of transportation while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both, you will be charged with a DUI and face the exact same penalties.

While laws on non-car related DUIs vary state by state, here's what they look like in Pennsylvania:

Can Job Interviewers Consider Your DUI Conviction?

Employers frequently use background checks in the hiring process. This can spell trouble for a job applicant with a criminal history. An applicant's background check can expose a DUI charge or conviction -- and may affect a person's ability to land the job.

Like many other cities and states, Philadelphia restricts an employer's ability to consider a DUI offense in a hiring decision.

3 Ways to Challenge a DUI Breath or Blood Test

If you are charged with driving drunk, you may want to know some ways to challenge a DUI blood test.

At the time of arrest, a DUI suspect is often asked to submit to a Breathalyzer or some other test to determine the suspect's blood alcohol level. This can include taking a blood sample and analyzing it.

The results of these tests are typically key to proving that you were driving drunk. However, just because some device or lab tech says that your blood alcohol level was above 0.08%, you may still be able to fight the charge in court.

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?

Pennsylvania DUI and Employment Background Checks

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Pennsylvania, the residual effect may be the DUI showing up on employment background checks and hindering your chances of getting a job.

You hear a lot about minimum jail sentences and monetary fines associated with drunken driving convictions. However, these penalties usually only affect you for a short while.

In contrast, a DUI on your record could potentially impact you for the rest of your life.

What Are Pennsylvania's DUI Penalties?

Let's say you are arrested for drunken driving in Pennsylvania. Probably the first question you'll be asking your attorney is: What are Pennsylvania's DUI penalties?

There are a lot of factors that go into the exact drunken driving penalty you face.

Some factors considered include how many prior DUI convictions are on your record, your blood alcohol content at the time of arrest, whether anyone was injured or any property was damaged, and even the type of vehicle you were driving.

Here's an overview of the DUI penalties in Pennsylvania: