1. The level of alcohol in your blood and breath at the time of arrest is a strong determining factor in the seriousness of the offense.
2. Being involved in an automobile accident while under the influence of alcohol may prevent you from being eligible for certain DUI divisionary programs.
3. DUIs apply to all types of motorized vehicles, even such things as lawn tractors and ATVs.
4. DUI punishments in Pennsylvania depend upon such things as the number of previous DUI convictions within the past 10 years as well as the level of alcohol in the body.
5. DUI sentencing guidelines rely upon three major factors:
6. When charged with a DUI, you are confronted with serious penalties from the Court of Common Pleas as well as from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has jurisdiction over your privilege to legally drive.
7. Driving a vehicle is not a right but a privilege in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and you are subject to regulations as adopted by the Department of Transportation.
8. If you are caught with drugs and/or alcohol in your system while driving and have a minor child in your vehicle as a passenger, you may also be charged with additional crimes, such as child endangerment.
9. Any level of an illegal narcotic substance in your blood will subject you to the harshest penalties permissible under the DUI laws.
10. Any refusal to a request for either a blood or a breath sample will automatically subject you to a one-year license suspension from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
11. If you are charged and convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and you refuse to give either a blood or a breath sample to a requesting officer, you will be subject to an additional suspension of your driver’s license beyond those imposed by the DUI laws.