How long will my license be suspended for my Pennsylvania DUI?

In Pennsylvania, the penalties for a DUI are primarily based upon the tier level of the offense, the number of prior offenses, and whether the person is convicted or accepts ARD.  There are three levels or tiers of penalties.  For alcohol DUIs, the higher the blood alcohol level, the more severe the punishment.  With a blood alcohol level of less than .10%, the charge is under the first tier and falls under 3802(a).  With a blood alcohol level of more than .10% but less than .16%, the charge is under the 2nd tier and falls under 3802(b).  With a blood alcohol level above .16%, the charge is in the third tier and falls under 3802(c).  Drug-related charges are automatically in the highest tier of penalties and fall under 3802(d).  If the driver was under 21 and have a blood alcohol level above a .02%, the charge is in the second tier and falls under 3802(e).  If the person was driving a school bus with a blood alcohol concentration above a .02% or driving a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level above a .04%, the charges are in the second tier of penalties and fall under 3802(f).  If a person refuses a breath test or refuses to submit to a valid search warrant for the withdrawal of blood, then the charge of 3802(a)(1) falls under the third tier.

First Offense DUI – License Suspension

1st Tier              Charges 3802(a)                                                         no suspension

2nd Tier            Charges 3802(b), (e), (f)                                             12 months

3rd Tier             Charges 3802(c), (d), OR (a) with refusal               12 months

Second Offense DUI – License Suspension

1st Tier              Charges 3802(a)                                                         12 months

2nd Tier            Charges 3802(b), (e), (f)                                             12 months

3rd Tier            Charges 3802(c), (d), OR (a) with refusal                18 months

Third Offense or Subsequent DUIs – License Suspension

1st Tier             Charges 3802(a)                                                         12 months

2nd Tier           Charges 3802(b), (e), (f)                                             18 months

3rd Tier           Charges 3802(c), (d), OR (a) with refusal                18 months