First-Time DUI Offenses in Lackawanna County

A Dedicated Scranton DUI Attorney with15 Years of Experience

Have you been charged with your first drunk driving offense? Unlike other criminal charges, drunk driving accusations come from every walk of life and only take a momentary lapse in judgement to perpetrate. At the Law Offices of William D. Thompson, our Scranton criminal defense lawyer believes that the accused in these cases deserve to have their driving record asserted before the court and that every possible avenue towards a reduction or dismissal of their charge should be aggressively explored.

Ready to start exploring your DUI defense options? Our firm is ready to hear from you. Call us at (570) 666-1068 today.

Penalties for a First-Time DUI Conviction

Unlike other states, Pennsylvania has a hierarchy to classifying its DUI charges. Any driver who is found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% can be charged with drunk driving, but those found with higher BAC readings can subject to harsher penalties.

Penalties for a DUI involving a BAC of 0.08% to 0.099% can include:

  • Fines up to $300
  • 6 months of probation
  • Alcohol safety school and substance abuse treatment

Penalties for a DUI involving a BAC of 0.10% to 0.159% can include:

  • One-year license suspension
  • Maximum of six months in jail (minimum of 48 hours)
  • Maximum of $5,000 in fines (minimum of $500)
  • Alcohol safety school and substance abuse treatment

Penalties for a DUI involving a BAC of over 0.16% can include:

  • One-year license suspension
  • Maximum of six months in jail (minimum of 72 hours)
  • Maximum of $5,000 in fines (minimum of $1,000)
  • Alcohol safety school and substance abuse treatment

Note that drivers who are found to be impaired due to controlled substances automatically fall into the most severe of these categories (BAC of 0.16% and higher). If you or a loved one has been charged, then a proactive approach to their defense is available. Our award-winning Scranton DUI attorney is ready to assess your case and ensure that you receive every consideration you deserve.

Do not face this difficult time without a committed legal advocate by your side. Contact us today to request a free case evaluation. Se habla español.

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