The consequences of a DUI offense in Pennsylvania will vary based on a number of factors. The sentence ultimately would be determined by the judge. If a person is convicted by either, say, going to trial or pleading guilty, there are certain mandatory minimum sentences with respect to DUI cases in Pennsylvania. It will also in large part depend on which DUI offense this is for a person. Is it their first offense, their second offense or third offense, their fourth offense? Also under which tear the case is being prosecuted. Tier one, tier two, or tier three.
A first offense DUI under tier one would result with the least severe penalties, a, say, second or third offense under tier three would be met with potentially much more significant penalties. There's other considerations involved in the sense of when those convictions occurred, were they within the 10-year look-back period. Fundamentally, consequences can include jail, prison, alcohol highway safety, school, outpatient treatment, court supervision, fines, and costs.
A person can potentially resolve their case of ARD where the consequences would be less severe yet. A criminal conviction, if a person of course is convicted. Being charged with a DUI is very serious. Having an experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense attorney will help you best understand and navigate the process and best defend against DUI charges.