Pennsylvania DUI First Offense

Many people don’t realize how serious the penalties are for even a first time DUI in Pennsylvania. A first time offender with past criminal history (even if it is not DUI related) can still face jail time, fines and a lengthy license suspension. Additionally, there are many other costly penalties outside of the legal penalties in court.

Penalties for a Pennsylvania DUI First Offense

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania uses a multi-tiered penalty structure for DUI offenses.

Tier Description Imprisonment License Suspension Fines
General Impairment B.A.C.=.08 to 0.099%,
Incapable of safe driving,
No injury or property damage
Up to 6 months probation None $300
High Rate B.A.C.=.10 to 0.159%,
Minor B.A.C.= .02 to .159%,
General Impairment BAC with an accident,
School Bus Driver B.A.C.=.02 to .159%,
Commercial Vehicle driver B.A.C.=.04% to .159%
2 days-6 months 12 months $500-$5,000
Highest Rate B.A.C.=.16% or greater,
Refusal of chemical test,
Controlled substance DUI
3 days-6 months 12 months $1,000-$5,000

Additionally, there are other costs as well as court ordered DUI school and treatment if necessary.

Penalties Beyond the Legal Penalties for a DUI

There are many other consequences you may face if convicted of a Pennsylvania DUI, including:

As you can see, the penalties for even a first DUI offense are severe and far-reaching. This is not a charge you can afford to take lightly. If you want to protect your rights call 1-866-MCSHANE to schedule a free consultation with our expert Pennsylvania DUI Attorneys.

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Avvo.com. Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.