If you are facing drunk driving charges, there are many different things you need to realize when it comes to the potential penalties that lie ahead. For starters, the severity of the consequences you face could depend on multiple factors, such as past offenses on your record and if a child was riding in the vehicle.
You should also realize that your BAC level can affect the penalties you face. With a higher BAC level, drivers can face much harsher consequences.
DUI penalties for a BAC level over .16 without past offenses
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation outlines various penalties that drivers face depending on their blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Drivers who have a BAC level of .16 or higher could face especially serious consequences if a law enforcement official stops them. In addition, the consequences you could face depend on whether you have previous DUI offenses.
Those charged with driving drunk who have a BAC level of .16 or higher and no past DUI offenses could have their license suspended for 12 months, face a fine of up to $5,000 and even have to spend six months behind bars.
The penalties for having a BAC level over .16 with past offenses
If a driver has one or two past DUI offenses on their record and they become charged with driving drunk while their BAC level exceeds .16, they could have their license suspended for up to 18 months. Additionally, they could have to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and face five years behind bars.
Each drunk driving case is different, and an individualized approach to any defense is paramount.