Monday, January 16, 2012

Pennsylvania DUI & "Tier 1" explained

In Pennsylvania, the legal limit of alcohol is .08%.  Under the DUI Laws, DUI penalties are categorized into 3 main tiers/levels. 

In general, these tiers/levels are as follows:

1.  .08 to .99%BAC - General Impairment
2.  .10 to .159%BAC - High BAC
3.  .16% and higher - Highest BAC

The following will provide a description with guidelines of penalties for Tier 1 - .08 to .99%BAC - General Impairment:

NO PREVIOUS OFFENSES:
  • Ungraded Misdemeanor
  • Approx. $300 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School & treatment when ordered
  • Up to 6 months probation

1 PREVIOUS OFFENSE:
  • Ungraded Misdemeanor
  • 12 month license Supsension
  • Approx. $300 - $2,500 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School & treatment when ordered
  • possible 5 days  - 6 months jail time
  • 1 year ignition interlock
2 or more PREVIOUS OFFENSES:
  • 2nd Degree Misdemeanor
  • 12 month license Supsension
  • Approx. $500 - $5,000 fine
  • Alcohol Highway Safety School & treatment when ordered
  • possible 10days  - 2 years in prison
  • 1 year ignition interlock

IF YOU ARE FACING DUI CHARGES, CONTACT ATTORNEY PALETTA TO DISCUSS YOUR CASE IMMEDIATELY!!!!