Driving is an important part of most people’s daily lives as it is the only viable way to get to work, grocery store or visit the hospital for a doctor’s appointment. However, driving is a privilege that most people take for granted. Unfortunately, you can lose this privilege if you are facing a second DUI conviction in Pennsylvania.
What are the consequences of a second DUI conviction in Pennsylvania?
A second DUI conviction in Pennsylvania, like in most states, is a very serious offense that attracts severe penalties. Depending on your blood alcohol content level, you might be locked up for a mandatory five days in prison, pay thousands of dollars in fines and have a criminal record. Additionally, your license may be suspended. The maximum jail term for a second DUI in Pennsylvania is five years.
Besides jail terms and fines, there are other consequences of second DUI convictions. Here are some of them:
- Your insurance company may increase your rates or decide to terminate your policy altogether.
- You may lose the chance to get admission in some colleges if you have a DUI on your record. And if you are already a student, the university may decide to suspend or revoke your scholarship if you have one. Further, getting a student loan with your second DUI conviction can be very difficult.
- Your DUI record may hinder your opportunities to advance your career.
Being charged with any form of DUI in Pennsylvania can have serious consequences. Specifically, a second DUI conviction can result in a wide range of legal, financial and personal problems whether you remain in Pennsylvania or move to another state. If you are charged with DUI in Pennsylvania, it is crucial that you engage the services of a qualified attorney who will help you understand the legal dilemma you are in and provide the provide the counsel you need to make important decisions about your future.