In Pennsylvania, multiple convictions for driving under the influence result in serious jail time and other penalties. The state has developed a tiered system depending on the person’s blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest. 

If you have prior DUI offenses and are facing another court date, prepare yourself by learning about the potential legal consequences of a conviction. 

General impairment 

This category applies when the driver has a measured BAC of 0.08% to 0.99% or when the officer has not determined BAC. If you have two prior DUI offenses, this charge is a second-degree misdemeanor that results in: 

  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment where indicated 
  • Fines of $500 to $5,000 
  • A minimum of 10 days and up to two years in prison 
  • License suspension of 12 months with a 12-month ignition interlock device requirement 

High impairment 

Drivers who have two prior offenses and had a BAC of 0.10% to 0.159% at the time of arrest could receive a first-degree misdemeanor conviction. These penalties include: 

  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment where indicated 
  • Fines of $1,500 to $10,000 
  • A minimum of 90 days and up to five years in prison 
  • License suspension of 18 months with a 12-month ignition interlock device requirement 

High impairment penalties may also apply to commercial drivers and in accidents that injured someone or damaged property, regardless of the driver’s BAC. 

Highest impairment 

An arrest with BAC above 0.16% and two prior offenses is also a first-degree misdemeanor. Penalties for a conviction may include: 

  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment where indicated 
  • Fines of $2,500 to $10,000 
  • A minimum of one year and up to five years in prison 
  • License suspension of 18 months with a 12-month ignition interlock device requirement 

Drivers who refuse a breath test at the scene are subject to increased penalties. Even after multiple offenses, Pennsylvania stresses the importance of rehabilitation for DUI offenders and encourages enrollment in drug and alcohol treatment.