Driving in Pennsylvania can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Reckless drivers hit the roads every day, no matter what the time or circumstance. One of the most dangerous ways for a person to drive is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Drunk drivers tend to have slower reaction times and poor judgment. They are often unable to safely drive under any circumstance. They put the lives of those around them in serious risk. When caught, drunk drivers face a variety of criminal penalties in Pennsylvania.
The specific penalties that a person will face for drunk driving depend on a number of factors. One is the driver's blood alcohol concentration level at the time of the person's arrest. The higher a person's BAC level, the more severe penalties the person may face.
Another factor in determining the penalties a person faces for drunk driving includes the person's criminal record. The first time a person is arrested for driving under the influence, the penalties may be a lot less severe than in subsequent cases. The more often a person faces these types of charges, the more severe the penalties can become
These penalties range from fines to license suspension and jail time. In some cases, the driver may only face an Ungraded Misdemeanor and in others they may face a Misdemeanor 1. Jail time can range from zero days to up to five years, depending on the circumstances.
Drunk drivers will not just face criminal penalties for their actions. They can also be civil penalties. If a drunk driver injures another person, that person may be able to take legal action. In certain situations, drunk driving accident victims can seek compensation for their injuries. This compensation can include medical expenses, lost wages and more. While this blog post can only provide general information about drunk driving in Pennsylvania, an experienced injury attorney can provide specific legal advice for those injured by drunk drivers.