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2nd DUI Offense in Pennsylvania

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Posted: Thu. Jul 20
Pennsylvania has a 10-year “look back” period for establishing prior DUIs. Along with convictions, a previous ARD for DUI will also count toward prior DUI convictions if completed within the past 10 years.

Many first and second DUIs are ungraded misdemeanors. However, in 2012 the PA legislature enacted an enhancement to the criminal code which allows for more severe penalties when a passenger in the accused driver’s car is a minor under 18 years old. In these cases, the driver will be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree, and if convicted, (plead or found guilty) will face:

1st Offense w/ Minor: Additional fine of $1,000 plus 100 hours of community service.
2nd Offense w/ Minor: Additional fine of $2,500 plus 1 to 6 months incarceration.
3rd Offense w/ Minor: Minimum of 6 months to maximum of 2 years incarceration.
To avoid these harsh penalties and the penalties listed in the chart below, you will need a defense attorney on your side as soon as possible so that the charges can be successfully fought against.

2nd DUI Penalties in PA
.08 to .099 5 days to 6 months 1 year $300 – $2,500 — 1 year
.10 to .159 30 days to 6 months 1 year $750 – $5,000 Alcohol Safety School 1 year
.16 or higher 90 days to 5 years 1.5 years $1,500 – $10,000 Alcohol Safety School 1 year

To protect all of your options and rights under Pennsylvania law, it is crucial to have a qualified and experienced DUI defense attorney in your corner before your preliminary hearing.

There are several proven defenses to these charges, and Tibbott & Richardson has successfully used these defenses for our clients. Contact or call us today to receive a free evaluation of your case.

Tibbott & Richardson
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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