Getting a DUI is a traumatic, embarrassing, and life-changing event. It not only costs you time and money, but it can affect the rest of your life. Depending on if it is your first offense or over your third time being pulled over for drunk driving, and what your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is determines your punishment. All 50 states have the implied consent law. That is, when you sign your signature on your driver’s license, you have agreed to grant police permission to test you for your BAC level if they suspect you of being under the influence. If you refuse, you are automatically arrested and your driver’s license will be suspended for one year. A judge can also assign up to 150 hours of community service if you refuse a chemical test. If you claim to not have heard of this law or been informed, all driving schools teach it and DMVs inform you when you sign your license. If you have been arrested for a DUI and are needing DUI bail bonds help in Lebanon and Reading, PA, call Bail Shop, LLC at 888-224-5711 today.
How Long Do You Go To Jail For Drunk Driving?
Here in Pennsylvania, there are a series of three penalty laws that determine the level of punishment based on BAC levels. All penalties require the defendant to take a mandatory alcohol and highway safety school, and drug treatment courses are strongly recommended.
BAC 0.08% to 0.099%: For first time offenders, a fine of $300 and 6 months probation. If arrested a second time, up to 6 months in prison with your license suspended for 1 year plus anywhere from a $300- $2,500 fine. For your third offense, you will be have 2nd degree misdemeanor charge and up to 10 years in prison, along with up to $5,000 worth of fines to pay.
BAC 0.10% to 0.159%: Since BAC levels are higher, automatic license suspension is given on every level of offense due to the risk of serious injury occurring to others for drunk driving. You will also serve a minimum of 48 hours in jail on your first offense. 2nd time offenders spend 30 days in jail and pay $5,000. 3rd and 4th time offenders spend up to 5 years in prison with a 1st degree misdemeanor charge and pay $10,000 in fines.
BAC 0.16% and over or Possession of a Controlled Substance: Your first offense lands you 72 hours in jail no matter what, and you pay a minimum fine of $1,500. 2nd and 3rd time offenders get a 1st degree misdemeanor charge, spend up to 5 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
Consequences of a DUI
A DUI will stay on your driving record for 10 years, increasing insurance. Every background check will show that you have been arrested for drunk driving. This seriously affects job and love prospects if anyone looks up your history.
Call Us For DUI Bail Bonds
If you have been arrested for drunk driving and need help paying your DUI bail amount, call the bailbondsman at Bail Shop, LLC for assistance. We have years of DUI bail bonds experience in the Lebanon and Reading, PA area and can help you in your time of need. Call us today at 888-224-5711.