Penalties


Penalties in a Bucks County DUI for Quakertown Area Residents

Different penalties pertain to a Quakertown DUI depending on a person’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) and prior DUI history.  The laws change constantly, so it is best to contact Quakertown DUI Lawyer Gail Marr for additional information or updates.

If this is your first DUI offense, be sure to check our Quakertown First Offense DUI page.

First, you must understand the different “levels” of a DUI in Bucks County:

  • Tier 1:  “General Impairment” is described as .08% through .099% blood alcohol within two hours of driving or operation.
  • Tier 2:  “High Rate of Alcohol” is described as .10% to .159% blood alcohol within two hours of driving or operation.
  • Tier 3:  “Highest Rate of Alcohol” is described as .16% and above blood alcohol within two hours of driving or operation.
  • If illegal drugs are found in your system pursuant to a blood test, you will receive the same DUI penalties as having the highest rate of alcohol possible.
  • A refusal of a breath or blood test will put you into the “highest rate”/Tier 3.

Jail Time for a Quakertown DUI (Make sure to contact former prosecutor and Quakertown DUI Attorney about alternatives to jail time, including house arrest)

General Impairment (alcohol concentration of 0.08 to 0.10):
First Offense: Minimum of six months probation
Second offense: Minimum of five days in jail
Third and Subsequent Offenses: Minimum of ten days in jail

High Rate of Alcohol (alcohol concentration of 0.10 to 0.16):
First Offense: Minimum of 48 hours in jail
Second offense: Minimum of thirty days in jail
Third Offense: Minimum of ninety days in jail
Subsequent Offenses: Minimum of one year in jail

Highest Rate of Alcohol (alcohol concentration higher than 0.16 or Drugs):
First Offense: Minimum of 72 hours in jail
Second offense: Minimum of ninety days in jail
Third and Subsequent Offenses: Minimum of one year in jail

Other issues for your Quakertown DUI:

Anyone under the age of 21 who is caught  drinking and driving with a .02% blood alcohol level or above, they will be charged with a DUI.

If a school bus driver or a driver with a commercial driver’s license (C.D.L.) is caught driving with a .04% blood alcohol level or above, they will be charged with a DUI.

 

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