Pennsylvania DUI laws state that you will be arrested if your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is above 0.08. The penalties for drunk driving in Pennsylvania is divided into a three tiered system which is based on your BAC level. The 3 levels of BAC are :
Your DUI penalty and fines will depend on which tier you fall into and your prior drunk driving offenses.
If this is your first DUI offense and you fall within the first tier BAC level, you will face the following consequences:
If your BAC level is in the second tier range, you will face all of the first tier penalties in addition to the following:
If your BAC level is in the third tier range, you will face all of the first tier penalties in addition to the following:
If you are a repeat offender your penalties and charges will be much harsher.
According to DUI laws in Pennsylvania, if you are arrested for drunk driving your driver's license may be suspended by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot). Just like your DUI penalties, the length of your suspension will depend on your BAC level and prior drunk driving offenses.
BAC between 0.08 and 0.10:
BAC between 0.10 ad 0.16:
BAC greater than 0.16:
Pennsylvania DUI laws also enforce strong penalties on your car insurance. In addition to your DUI penalties and driver's license suspension, you will also have to carry a high risk auto insurance policy. This policy is typically three times more expensive and you will have to pay for it for 3 years.