The penalties for a DUI depend on a myriad of factors. However, there are some basic and clear consequences should you find yourself contending with DUI charges in a Pennsylvania court.
While there are factors a judge may consider, the law makes it clear: Driving while under the influence is a dangerous prospect for the public at large, and because of this, the court takes action. Learn about the basic consequences of a DUI conviction.
Court costs and fines
If you face a DUI conviction, you should prepare for the financial repercussions. In addition to court costs, such as filing fees and administration payments, you will have fines to pay. The minimum DUI conviction fine is $300 but may skyrocket to $5,000. Any penalties, such as treatment classes or counseling, also fall to you to pay.
Unless you are a first-time offender, the judge may impose mandatory jail time as part of your sentence. The judge determines the length of your incarceration based on your history of DUIs and other parameters of this particular case.
Counseling, classes and interlock
A judge may send you to alcohol treatment or counseling as part of your sentence. You may also have to participate in driver education or any other classes the judge deems appropriate for your DUI situation.
The judge may also order you to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle registered in your name. This device requires you to submit a breath sample before the car starts.
Remember, the court can impose any sentence available under the law. After a judge considers all the facts, this leaves you open to a range of possible outcomes for a DUI conviction.