In May 2016, Pennsylvania altered the effect a first time DUI conviction has on a person's driver's license by amending section 3805 of the Motor Vehicle Code and enacting section 1556. These changes went into effect in August 2017. Prior to August 2017, a person convicted of a first offense DUI with a blood alcohol content ("BAC") of .10% or higher received a 12-month license suspension. The current law now allows for an individual to avoid the hard license suspension and to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock.
A DUI conviction is no picnic for anyone. Potential penalties in Pennsylvania can range from a fine to several years in jail along with a period of license suspension, depending on the specific offense and other factors. Anyone convicted of a DUI can also expect to see insurance premiums skyrocket.
St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and that means the parties are about to start. But beneath all the fun and celebration lies a real danger - drunk driving. Even if you avoid an accident, being arrested and convicted of a DUI can lead to devastating fines and jail time. The truth is you do not have to choose one or the other. You can have fun and avoid driving drunk. Here are some tips to stop yourself from driving drunk and causing an accident.