Frequently Asked Questions And Answers About Pennsylvania DUIs
Facing a DUI conviction can be overwhelming and terrifying. It is understandable that you have questions about your case and how it will impact your future.
At Decker Bradburn, Attorneys at Law, in State College, our experienced DUI defense attorneys are here to help you. In the meantime, please see some answers to frequently asked questions below.
Will I go to jail?
DUI offenders in Pennsylvania can serve jail time as part of their punishment. However, the length of your sentence depends on if you have prior offenses or other mitigating factors.
Can I refuse a blood or breath test during my arrest?
You can refuse a chemical test during your arrest. However, your refusal comes with consequences. Pennsylvania is an implied consent state, which means that when you decide to drive in the state, you consent to all chemical testing allowed under state law. When you refuse to take the test, you will be charged with a DUI. You will also automatically lose your license for at least one year if you do not request an appeal hearing within 30 days.
Will I lose my license?
In Pennsylvania, all DUI convictions after your first offense result in a license suspension for one year at a minimum. Third-time DUI offenders can lose their license for up to five years. Once you complete your one-year suspension, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
How long will a DUI stay on my record?
A DUI conviction remains on your record forever. Potential employers, landlords and credit companies can see your DUI conviction which may cause problems for you later on.
Can I get expelled from my university for a DUI?
Your college or university can penalize you for DUI convictions. Each school has different rules and guidelines, but you may face probation, suspension, removal from athletic teams and, in severe cases, expulsion. Working with an experienced defense attorney can help prevent these severe punishments from derailing your future.
Contact An Experienced DUI Defense Attorney Today
Don’t take a chance with a DUI conviction. From losing your license to facing jail time and fines, the consequences can be severe and life-altering. Contact our State College office today to schedule a free consultation by calling 814-470-8023 or completing our online contact form.