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Mandatory DUI Sentencing in Pennsylvania

DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is an extremely common offense in the state of Pennsylvania, and DUI charges are on the rise.  According to reports from the Pennsylvania DUI Association, the number of DUI-related crashes increased by approximately 150 cases from 2011 to 2012.  According to Century Council statistics, nearly 50,000 Pennsylvania DUI arrests were made in 2012.

DUI is a common charge — but that doesn’t mean it’s a charge which should be taken lightly.  If you have been charged with DUI, you could be risking incarceration, financial penalties, and license suspension.  All of these aspects of a DUI conviction can have devastating effects on an individual’s livelihood, reputation, independence, and even freedom.

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Benefits of Having a DUI Defense Lawyer in Pennsylvania

In an aggressive campaign to enforce road and traffic safety, the state of Pennsylvania observes mandatory sentencing in the event of a DUI conviction.  This means that if you are convicted of a DUI, you may be obligated by state legislature to serve a mandated, predetermined length of time in jail.

However, a skilled Pennsylvania DUI attorney may uncover that you have a suitable defense to the charges being brought against you.  If you are facing allegations of DUI, it is key to your courtroom success that you immediately contact an experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense attorney to speak on your behalf.  At Young, Marr & Associates, our attorneys offer aggressive representation at affordable pricing.  We have an outstanding track record of DUI defense success:  over 98% of the first time DUI clients we represent receive no jail time, and do not incur a criminal record.

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Over the past 30 years practicing defense litigation in Pennsylvania, our attorneys have taken on over 10,000 criminal cases.  In addition, our attorneys are former prosecutors, which means that we have an inside, in-depth understanding of the arguments that prosecutors try to use against our clients.  Furthermore, because we have been serving southeastern Pennsylvania for decades, we have built up strong professional relationships with area judges, law enforcement, and all levels of the legal community.

We have experience with Pennsylvania; we have experience with DUI; and most of all, we know how to achieve the very best results for our clients.

Pennsylvania DUI Sentencing Chart

If you are convicted of a DUI, the below range of sentences are mandatory under Pennsylvania state legislature.

Blood Alcohol Level 1st Offense 2nd Offense
(Within 10 Years)
3rd Offense
(Within 10 Years)
4th+ Offense
(Within 10 Years)
.08 – .099
  • 6 months maximum probation
  • $300 fine
  • 5 days minimum jail
  • $300 – $2,500 fine
  • 1 year license suspension
  • 10 days minimum jail
  • $500 – $5,000 fine
  • 1 year license suspension
.10 – .159
  • 2 days minimum jail
  • $500 – $5000 fine
  • 1 year license suspension
  • 30 days minimum jail
  • $750 – $5000 fine
  • 1 year license suspension
  • 90 days minimum jail
  • $1,500-$10,000 fine
  • 18 month license suspension
  • 1 year minimum. jail
  • $1,500-$10,000 fine
  • 18 month license suspension
  • 0.16 and Up
  • Drugs
  • Refusal of testing
  • 3 days minimum jail
  • $1,000 – $1,500 fine
  • 1 year license suspension
  • 90 days minimum jail
  • $1,500 minimum fine
  • 18 month license suspension
  • 1 year minimum jail
  • $2,500 minimum fine
  • 18 month license suspension

Our Pennsylvania DUI Defense Attorneys Can Help

If you are facing DUI charges, you need to contact a Pennsylvania DUI attorney as soon as you possibly can.  The earlier we can begin evaluating your case, the stronger your defense will be.  To arrange for a confidential, in-depth legal consultation a DUI attorney, contact Young, Marr & Associates online, or call our Pennsylvania law offices at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.

We offer affordable pricing, and can be conveniently reached at any one of our six Pennsylvania offices in Upper Bucks, Central Bucks, Lower Bucks, Montgomery County, Lehigh County, or Philadelphia.



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