Consequences of a St. Patty’s Day DUI in Pennsylvania

If you face DUI charges, please read on, then contact an experienced York County, PA DUI attorney to learn more about the consequences of a St. Patty’s Day DUI in Pennsylvania.

What happens when you get a DUI on St. Patrick’s Day in Pennsylvania?

According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it does not matter whether you are caught driving under the influence on a Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day or any other non-holiday. The consequences are as follows:

First Offense DUI

  • Fine of $300
  • Up to 6 months of probation
  • Participation in the alcohol highway safety school
  • Treatment, if ordered
  • Ungraded misdemeanor

First Offense for a High BAC

  • 12-month license suspension
  • Between 48 hours and 6 months in prison
  • An ungraded misdemeanor
  • $500 to $5,000 fine
  • Treatment, if ordered
  • Alcohol highway safety school participation

First Offense for a Highest BAC

  • 12-month license suspension
  • Between 72 hours and 6 months in prison
  • A fine between $1,000 and $5,000
  • An ungraded misdemeanor
  • Participation in the alcohol highway safety school
  • Treatment, if ordered

Second Offense DUI

  • A license suspension of 12 months
  • Between 5 days and 6 months of jail time
  • A fine between $300 and $2,500
  • Participation in the alcohol highway safety school
  • 1 year of the ignition interlock device
  • Treatment, if ordered
  • Ungraded misdemeanor

Third or Subsequent DUI Offense

  • A license suspension of 12 months
  • Between 10 days and 2 years in prison
  • A fine between $500 and $5,000
  • Treatment, if ordered
  • 1 year of the ignition interlock device
  • 2nd-degree misdemeanor

No matter the circumstances of your DUI charge, you should reach out to a skilled York County, PA criminal defense attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can a York County, Pennsylvania attorney help fight a DUI charge?

A seasoned legal representative will likely employ one of the following arguments and strategies:

  • Illegal stop: Police officers must adhere to certain rules and laws when pulling you over. If they fail to do that, then they may have to void your charges.
  • Medical or health issues: Certain medical problems can cause you to fail a sobriety test, even if you are not intoxicated. Additionally, medicine can make it difficult to ascertain your Blood Alcohol Content.
  • Unreliable testing: Standardized field sobriety tests are not always accurate or reliable. Your lawyer will evaluate the accuracy of said tests.
  • Request evidence: Some police departments require officers to video traffic stops. If your lawyer can obtain this evidence, he or she can determine how bad the sobriety test was and whether the case really hinges on the police officer’s word against the defendant.

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