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Pennsylvania DUI Laws

Pennsylvania considers driving under the influence (DUI) to be a serious offense, and this is reflected in its laws regarding drunk driving.
In an effort to curb drivers from operating a vehicle while intoxicated, lawmakers continue to rewrite the book on DUI - and the consequences for a DUI conviction continue to become more severe. That’s why it is so important to hire an experienced, qualified DUI defense attorney if you’ve been charged with DUI in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s legal limit
Like every other state, Pennsylvania has a legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08%. If police administer a breath test and your results are at this level or higher, you can be arrested for DUI. If your BAC was between .08% and .10%, this is considered general impairment. For anything higher than .10%, you’ll face harsher penalties, which include jail time, fines, and a license suspension.

DUI does not pertain to just alcohol - it also applies to the use of controlled substances. If there is any amount of a controlled substance found in your blood within two hours of operating a vehicle, you can be arrested for DUI.

Automatic license suspension
Whether you take a BAC test and fail or refuse to take it altogether, you could be subject to an automatic administrative license suspension imposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The only way to avoid the loss of your driving privileges is to request a hearing in order to contest your suspension. A qualified DUI lawyer can help you fill out the proper paperwork and represent you during this hearing.

Hiring a Pennsylvania DUI defense attorney
Stephen L. Jones is an attorney who has dedicated his practice to defending drinking drivers. In fact, he has written a book on DUI Defense that is often referenced by other defense attorneys. Board certified in DUI Defense, he is one of thirteen attorneys that serve as a Regent for the National College for DUI Defense, a 1300-member, professional legal organization devoted to improving the quality of drunk-driving defense.

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