Driving under the influence is considered a severe offense in the state of Pennsylvania. The state of PA has imposed harsh penalties for convicted drunk drivers to deter individuals from driving while intoxicated. While the first and second DUI offenses already have heavy penalties, including jail time and license suspension, a third offense DUI in Erie PA is charged as a felony.
Drunk drivers who had two DUI charges prior in the past ten years are looking at higher fines, imprisonment, and additional penalties. Not to mention, they have to pay for any damages incurred, legal fees, and other penalties if their case involves injury, an accident, or death.
Car insurance providers often drop drivers convicted of a third offense DUI in PA. Public criminal records also permanently reflect all of past DUI charges. The consequences can directly impact the driver’s personal and professional life if any future employers and landlords decide to look up these public records.
The court requires third-time offenders to buy and install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their cars. Usually priced around $1,000 or more, this device only starts the car after testing the driver’s BAC. The offender has to cover the expenses for the IID.