A DUI in Philadelphia carries extreme penalties including incarceration, thousands of dollars in fines, alcohol highway safety school and more.
Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor offense in Pennsylvania. Still, DUI charges must be taken seriously with the help of a Philadelphia DUI Defense Lawyer. Sentencing is based on a myriad of factors including .BAC level, prior convictions, and whether the influencing agent was a substance (i.e., drugs) or alcohol. The penalties range substantially. For example, a first-time DUI offender with a .BAC below .08 may face a mandatory minimum sentence of probation. On the other hand, a third-time offender with a high .BAC (.16+) may face a mandatory minimum sentence of one year incarceration at a state prison.
Even a first-time offender faces penalties including license suspension, costs and fines, and alcohol driving safety school. This can be financially devastating and impair your ability to travel to and from work.