Second Offense DUI in Pennsylvania

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A second offense DUI (within 10 years) in Pennsylvania results in varying penalties  based on the driver's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level. Pennsylvania classifies according to three levels: (1) BAC per se which is .08% to .099%; (2) High BAC is .10% to .159%; and (3) Highest BAC .16% and above. 

Criminal Penalties

Second offense DUI (.08% to .099% BAC)

  • 5 days to 6 months in jail
  • $300 to $2,500 fine
  • Alcohol safety school
  • 1 year ignition interlock device (possible)
  • Community service up to 150 hours

Second offense DUI (.10% to .159%)

  • 30 days to 6 months in jail
  • $750 to $5,000 fine
  • Alcohol highway safety school
  • Treatment when ordered
  • 1 year ignition interlock device (possible)
  • Community service up to 150 hours

Second offense DUI (.16% or higher)

  • 90 days to 5 years in prison
  • $1,500 to $10,000 fine
  • Alcohol highway safety school
  • Treatment when ordered
  • 1 year ignition interlock device (mandatory before license reinstatement)
  • Community service up to 150 hours.

Administrative Penalties

The Administrative penalty for each of the first two BAC levels is a 12 month license suspension, and for the highest level it is 18 months. 

Pennsylvania is an implied consent state meaning that at the time you obtain your license, you are agreeing to chemical tests for a DUI.  If you refuse such a test you will lose your license for 1 year and 3 days.  This is separate from the loss of license if you are convicted of a DUI.

Look Back Period

Pennsylvania has a 10 year look back period for previous DUI offenses.

Misdemeanor or Felony

A second offense is classified as a misdemeanor although the highest level BAC becomes a 1st degree misdemeanor.  

Legal Assistance

If you are facing your second DUI in Pennsylvania, consider seeking the assistance and advice of an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

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