DUI & DWI PENALTIES

PENNSYLVANIA DUI PENALTIES

The Pennsylvania government has taken extreme steps to penalize drunk drivers.  In 2003, legislation was passed which creates a new approach to DUI enforcement.  This new law, known as Act 24, factors in a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) with their prior offenses to determine the penalty they will face for a new DUI charge.  Learn more about DUI penalties here

 

Below is a guide outlining the possible sentences you face when charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania. If you have any questions, please call us for a free consultation.

PENNSYLVANIA DUI SENTENCING CHART

NEW JERSEY DWI PENALTIES

FIRST OFFENSE

 

BAC of .08% to .099%: 3 month license suspension; up to 30 days in jail; up to $400 fine, up to 48 hours in Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IRDC) and associated fees; insurance surcharge of $1000 per year for three years; other fines as imposed by the court.

 

BAC of .10% or higher: Up to 12 month license suspension; up to 30 days in jail; up to $500 fine, up to 48 hours in IRDC; with BAC higher than .15% - Ignition Interlock Device during license suspension and 6 months to 1 year following restoration; insurance surcharge of $1000 per year for three years; other fines as imposed by the court.

 

SECOND OFFENSE WITHIN 10 YEARS

 

2 year license suspension; up to 90 days in jail; up to $1000 fine; 30 days community service; up to 48 hours in IRDC; Ignition Interlock Device during license suspension and 1 to 3 years following restoration; insurance surcharge of $1000 per year for three years; other fines as imposed by the court; other fines as imposed by the court.

 

THIRD OFFENSE WITHIN 10 YEARS

 

10 year license suspension; 180 days in jail; $1000 fine; 90 days community service (this can reduce jail sentence); up to 48 hours in IRDC; Ignition Interlock Device during license suspension and 1 to 3 years following restoration; insurance surcharge of $1500 per year for three years; other fines as imposed by the court.

 

ENHANCED PENALTIES

 

There are also enhanced penalties for a DWI in a school zone.  Additionally, New Jersey courts will treat any DWI offense in another state as a prior DUI.  This practice requires an additional DWI in New Jersey to be charged as a second offense if the second offense occurs within ten years of the new charge.

 

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