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What is the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for driving under the influence (DUI)?
If your BAC is higher than 0.08%, then you are automatically liable for charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
What punishments does a DUI charge carry in Pennsylvania?
The penalties that you will receive depend on two things: your BAC at the time of the arrest and whether or not you have a prior record of DUIs. This framework also relies on three “impairment tiers,” which pertain to different levels of BAC readings.
These impairment tiers are as follows:
- Tier 1: BAC of between 0.08% and 0.099%
- Tier 2: BAC of between 0.10% and 0.159%
- Tier 3: BAC of 0.16% and higher
Those who fall under Tier 1 are usually sentenced to probation, fines, and community service. They are also often required to attend Alcohol Highway Safety School. On the other hand, first-time offenders who fall under Tier 2 face a six-month jail term and a 12-month suspension of their driver’s license, among other things.
Naturally, Tier 3 offenders are liable for much harsher punishments.
Will I lose my drivers’ license if convicted of a DUI?
A DUI conviction may result in a temporary suspension of your driver’s license; however, this happens on a case-by-case basis.
For example, repeat offenders of a DUI conviction that falls under the Tier 1 impairment system – which means that their BAC was 0.099% or lower – may have their license suspended for at least 12 months. Again, though, this depends on your specific case.
Will my DUI charges be dropped if I complete the ARD Program?
Yes, successfully completing the ARD Program will result in the DUI charges against you being dropped.
Can I ask for a blood or urine test in lieu of a breath test?
No, unless you have a proven medical condition that says otherwise. If not, then you are required to submit to whatever test the police officer has chosen to carry out or face penalties for refusing.