Pennsylvania DUI Law Review: Repeat Offenses

Repeat offenders must serve mandatory jail time in Pennsylvania.
Repeat offenders must serve mandatory jail time in Pennsylvania.

Under Pennsylvania’s DUI code, repeat offenders are subject to extremely harsh punishments.  Some of the penalties for a repeat conviction may include:

  • Mandatory Jail time up to 5 years
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • License suspension up to 18 months (served after the prison sentence)
  • Mandatory ignition interlock

As you can see, these are crippling penalties which can change your entire life. Prosecutors face additional political pressure by MADD and other DUI lobbies to push for the heaviest penalties for repeat DUI offenders so you won’t get off easy.

In Pennsylvania, the license suspension is served consecutively meaning you could possibly serve a 5 year prison sentence then an 18 month license suspension in some extreme consequences. Then in that scenario, you would have to use an interlock device for a year.  In total you could be serving a de facto loss of license of 7.5 years after the conviction.  Additionally, the conviction and your time in prison will show up on your criminal history forever!

This is why it is important for any repeat offender to seek legal help immediately.  Find the best DUI Lawyer you can and protect your rights.


Justin McShane

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 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.

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