According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in 2018, approximately 49,730 arrests were made for drunk driving statewide. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered a serious infraction in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If convicted, the defendant could be facing severe penalties, including hefty fines, lengthy jail time, license revocation or suspension, and other life-altering consequences.
If you're facing DUI charges, retaining an aggressive and highly-skilled Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney is crucial to protect your rights. At The Law Offices of John Della, I am dedicated to providing experienced legal services and reliable representation to clients facing drunk driving charges. As your legal counsel, I can fight vigorously to defend your rights, offer the strong legal representation you need, and outline an effective defense strategy that can maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
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DUI Charges in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania DUI laws prohibit driving, operating, or being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances. A person may be considered to be "under the influence" of drugs or alcohol if their driving is impaired or they are unable to drive safely.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold is:
- .02% for bus drivers
- .02% for drivers below 21 years
- .04% for commercial drivers
- .08% for regular drivers
However, a person driving a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08% or more may be convicted without any proof of actual impairment. This is often regarded as a "per se" DUI. This can occur where the is psycho-physical proof that the driver was impaired. Examples include: bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, the odor of alcohol or marijuana, erratic driving, failed sobriety tests, bad balance, open containers of alcohol in the vehicle, or drug contraband or paraphernalia in the vehicle, etc.