New DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Laws in Effect in Pennsylvania
Previously, Pennsylvania was one of only four states in the country that did not consider multiple DUIs as felonies. Those who drive under the influence are now subject to felony charges. If, on their third DUI conviction, they are found to have driven with a (BAC) blood-alcohol level of 0.16 or higher. This also holds true if under the influence of a controlled substance. A fourth DUI conviction — regardless of blood alcohol level or substance involved — will now also be considered a felony.
Under the New DUI Laws:
• A third DUI conviction, with a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent or higher, within a 10-year period is now a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison;
• A fourth DUI conviction within a 10-year period, regardless of BAC level, is now a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison;
• Homicide by vehicle while DUI now carries a five-year prison sentence if the driver has a prior DUI;
• Homicide by vehicle while DUI for drivers with two or more prior DUIs now carries a seven year prison sentence;
• Penalties for driving while under suspension for a DUI conviction also have increased.
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