A charge of DUI can be embarrassing and scary. A DUI conviction can have serious and long-lasting consequences, including issues with employment, housing, and credit. With a DUI conviction, there are mandatory fines and incarceration penalties. In addition to a DUI, you may face additional offenses which can be embarrassing and scary as well.
What is a DUI in Pennsylvania?
A person may be charged with DUI in Pennsylvania if they are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, including legally prescribed drugs. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or higher, you will be charged with a DUI. However, you could still be charged with a DUI if your BAC is below 0.08, if the officer believes that your driving was impaired by alcohol or drugs.
In Pennsylvania, if you are asked to take a blood test, you may refuse, but that will lead to a one -year license suspension. If you have any illegal substance in your blood, even if you didn’t take it immediately before you began to drive, you can still be convicted of a DUI.
Without legal representation, you could be charged to the maximum penalties in Pennsylvania. Click below to see what those maximum penalties are