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How do penalties increase for people with multiple DUIs?

When people drink alcohol in Pennsylvania there are plenty of activities that are both fun and legal to do. However, driving one’s vehicle after drinking too much can result in being charged with a DUI. Being charged with a first DUI can result in license suspensions, fines, jail and other penalties depending on the circumstances. These penalties can have a big effect on people’s lives, but if people are later charged and convicted of multiple DUIs the penalties are even more severe.

Penalties for second DUI

If people are convicted of a second DUI the penalties will depend on drivers’ blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the offense:

Penalties for third or more DUIs

If people are convicted of more than two DUIs, the following penalties may apply:

These are serious consequences and can have major effects on people’s lives in Pennsylvania. However, people are innocent until proven guilty and will only face these harsh consequences if they are found guilty and convicted. There may be defenses available to people such as the validity of the stop. If the stop is not valid then the evidence will be suppressed and convictions become very unlikely. Experienced attorneys understand these defenses and may be able to help protect people’s rights.