If you have been convicted of three DUIs in the past, you already know how severe the penalties are. Unfortunately, recent changes in the laws have increased the penalties for fourth time offenders. Fourth (and subsequent) offenses are now a FELONY in Pennsylvania.
If you are convicted of a felony of the third degree, you are facing from 1 to 7 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. On top of that, your license will be suspended for 18 months, plus 1 year of required ignition interlock.
The punishment does not end there. Because this is a FELONY, there are a host of other consequences you will face as a result of being a convicted felon.
- Your car insurance rates will be extremely high, if you can get insurance at all
- You will not be able to own a firearm
- You lose eligibility for student loans
- If you hold a professional license, it may be suspended for 10 years
- As a convicted felon, your crimes will show up on a criminal background check making it very difficult for you to get a job
(Also see: Felony Conviction Consequences in Pennsylvania)
As you can see, the penalties for a fourth offense are very serious. You are facing jail and a long license suspension. This is why it is highly advised that you seek the best legal help you can find. If you have been charged with a DUI in PA, please call (717) 690-8643 to speak to an experienced defense attorney at The McShane Firm. We have helped thousands of Pennsylvania residents and we have the knowledge and experience to fight for you.
Don’t take this matter lightly. Call now.