This may not be your first DUI arrest. You may have a prior ARD or DUI convictions in Pennsylvania, or a conviction for an offense substantially similar to a Pennsylvania DUI from a time you had too much to drink while on vacation. If so, you are facing some very serious consequences. Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us to discuss the best way to fight your DUI case if you have one or more previous DUI convictions.
Prior DUI Conviction in Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Lancaster, Berks and Bucks County Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania uses a multi-tiered, progressive approach when sentencing DUI convictions. As seen in the chart found on the DUI Penalties page, the penalties increase dramatically with each conviction.
Previous Pennsylvania and Out of State DUI Conviction
Pennsylvania has a looks back 10 years for prior DUI convictions on your record. That means if you are convicted of DUI now, the court will look at the last 10 years to see whether there are any prior DUI convictions.
And it’s not limited only to Pennsylvania DUI convictions – for purposes of DUI grading and sentencing, acceptance into the ARD program, out-of-state convictions for offenses substantially similar to a DUI in Pennsylvania also count.
If the court finds a prior DUI conviction, an acceptance into ARD or an out of state conviction for an offense substantially similar to a DUI in Pennsylvania DUI, you will receive much harsher consequences than a first time conviction.
Pennsylvania Driver’s License Suspension in Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Lancaster, Berks and Bucks County
Even one prior DUI conviction can substantially increase the punishment you face in your Pennsylvania DUI case. For example, say two years ago you were convicted for a first-tier DUI, General Impairment, and received no jail time. For your current DUI arrest, however, you are charged with DUI, Highest Impairment. Since you have a prior DUI conviction, you are now facing a minimum of 90 days and up to five years of jail time. This is why it is important to fight each and every DUI arrest.
The only way to know how a previous Pennsylvania DUI conviction or a DUI conviction from another state impacts your present case is to make an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us for a free initial consultation to learn more about how previous Pennsylvania and out of state DUI convictions effect the sentence for your current DUI. As your Pennsylvania DUI criminal defense lawyer, we will provide experienced and aggressive representation you can trust. Your DUI case is important, and it will receive the personal attention it deserves.