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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 Level1st Offense2nd 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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Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)

Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.


Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)

Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.


Commonwealth v. "S"

Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.


State of New Jersey v. "H"

Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.


We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.

As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.