The state of Pennsylvania takes drinking and driving very seriously. Extreme, or enhanced, DUI charges in Montgomery County and throughout Pennsylvania are much more serious than an arrest for a simple DUI.
Pennsylvania Tough on Drinking and Driving
The Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 24 in 2003, which lowered the state’s legal limit of alcohol from .10 to .08 and created a tiered approach toward DUI enforcement and treatment. It made many changes to the penalties, terms of suspension, fines and other requirements. The combination of an individual’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level and prior offenses determines the licensing requirements and penalties. The law focuses on treatment for first-time DUI offenders, rather than strictly punishment and suspension.
Levels of DUI in Pennsylvania
The three tiers of DUI in Pennsylvania include:
- Level 1: General Impairment (0.08 – 0.99 percent BAC)
- Level 2: High BAC (.10 – .159 percent BAC)
- Level 3: Highest BAC (.16 percent or higher BAC)
For those at the highest BAC levels, Pennsylvania law provides strict penalties, but also permits offenders to receive treatment, allowing individuals to obtain counseling for their alcohol problem, but still penalizing those who choose to continue to drink and drive. Drivers under the influence of controlled substances and those who refuse breath or chemical testing are also subject to the highest BAC category penalties.
If you are facing extreme DUI charges in Montgomery County, contact Pennsylvania DUI attorney Steven Kellis, who has more than twenty years of experience defending extreme DUI cases. Mr. Kellis concentrates his law practice solely on Pennsylvania DUI law, and will carefully examine the evidence against you and work to get the charges reduced or eliminated completely. Contact the law office of Steven Kellis to schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible.