Pennsylvania DUI Third Offense
It is absolutely imperative that you hire an experienced and qualified Pennsylvania defense attorney if you are facing your third driving under the influence (DUI) offense. Two DUI convictions in the state of Pennsylvania have probably already severely altered your life—don’t let a third one take away any more of your freedoms! By contacting us, you are ensuring your rights are protected and leaving your case in the hands of a highly trained professional.
There are two components to a DUI case that the state looks at when considering how severe your case is. The first is how high your blood alcohol content (BAC) was and the second is how many prior DUI offenses are on your record. Obviously, the higher either of these numbers is the more severe the penalties will be. In any case, a DUI defense attorney can help. Perhaps the police officer forgot to read you your Miranda rights. Or maybe there was no probable cause to stop you in the first place. Don’t let two prior DUI convictions stop you from hiring an experienced attorney. Remember, you have not been convicted of a third one yet!
Examining the penalties for a third DUI offense
If your BAC was in the range of .08% to less than .10% and you’re convicted of DUI, you face a minimum of 10 days in jail. But note, the judge can sentence you to 2 years. Your fine will be between $500 and $5000. In addition to a 12-month license suspension, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle(s) for one year. You will also receive a CRN evaluation and a drug and alcohol treatment assessment.
For a BAC of .10 up to, but not including .16%, you must serve a minimum of 90 days in jail but could face up to 5 years. The fine increases to a range of $1500 to $10000 and you will again receive an18-month license suspension and must install an ignition interlock system in your vehicle(s) for one year. You will also receive a CRN evaluation and a drug and alcohol treatment assessment.
If your BAC was over .16%, you face between 1 and 5 years in jail and a minimum $2500 fine. Following an 18-month license suspension, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device for 1 year. A full drug and alcohol treatment assessment is required.
Whether you are facing a first, second, third, or even higher Pennsylvania driving under the influence (DUI) offense, our attorneys can take on your case to help you avoid a conviction. Because the penalties for repeat offenders are increased, it is important that you contact us immediately and leave your case in the hands of an experienced defense lawyer.
One of the ways the state of Pennsylvania has decided to crack down on DUI offenders is through the installation of an ignition interlock device. This electronic machine is connected to your vehicle(s) ignition, and essentially acts as a portable breathalyzer test that is used to test your blood alcohol content (BAC) before the vehicle can start.
If the ignition interlock device detects as little as .025% BAC on your breath (which is equal to one drink for a person of average size and well under the state’s legal limit of .08%), your vehicle will not start. As soon as this happens, the machine will log this as a failure into its system.
Will I have to have this device installed in my vehicle(s)?
If you are convicted of a second or third drunk-driving offense in Pennsylvania, you may be required to have this device installed in your vehicle; however, this doesn’t happen until after your 12-month license suspension is completed. After this time, the device will be installed in your vehicle and is required to stay there for one year. You are responsible for all costs associated with this device including an installation fee, monthly usage charges and any maintenance expenses.
Once your license suspension time period is up, PennDot will notify you by mail (or you may need to contact them to confirm eligibility). They will then send you the forms that must be completed to apply for your ignition interlock license. Though these may be subject to change, PennDot only approves installation of these devices by the following companies: Intoxalock, Keystone SmartStart, National Interlock and Pennsylvania Interlock.
If you are currently facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, please contact Mr. Jones today. After a drunk-driving arrest, you have only a limited amount of time during which you can appeal your automatic license suspension. Mr. Jones’s team of lawyers can help you contest the loss of your driving privileges and begin preparing a defense for your criminal case.
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