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Driving While on a DUI Suspension?


ARE YOU DRIVING ON A DUI SUSPENDED LICENSE?If you are, you better think twice.

It’s Pennsylvania. There’s no bus service. You have to get to work so you are driving on a suspended license. The stakes just got higher. Due to a recent change in Pennsylvania’s DUI law, the penalties for driving on a DUI suspended license are more severe.

The penalty for a first offense of driving on a DUI suspended license remains a summary offense. The penalty is a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of not less than 60 days nor more than 90 days and a $500.00 fine. Usually, the penalty imposed is the minimum 60-day jail sentence. For a second offense, the penalty was increased to a mandatory minimum 90 days in prison and a $1,000.00 fine.

The penalty for a third offense is now a misdemeanor! Upon conviction for a third offense driving under suspension charge, you will be guilty of a misdemeanor, not a summary offense like in the old days. The fine is $2,500 and the jail sentence and mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of not less than 6 months. Additionally, your license suspension will be extended for another year.

The bottom line is this: you could end up with a criminal record just from driving with a suspended license. For example, you may have taken the ARD disposition. You have no criminal record but if you get three driving under suspension convictions because you never got your license back, you will then have a misdemeanor conviction. That means you will have a permanent criminal record!

The table below summarizes the penalties for a DUS conviction.

1. First Offense

Grade

  • Summary

Fine

  • $500

Minimum Prison Sentence

  • 60 Days

Additional License Suspension

  • 1 Year

2. Second Offense

Grade

  • Summary

Fine

  • $1,000

Minimum Prison Sentence

  • 90 Days

Additional License Suspension

  • 1 Year

3. Third or Subsequent Offense

Grade

  • Misdemeanor

Fine

  • $2,500

Minimum Prison Sentence

  • 6 Months

Additional License Suspension

  • 1 Year

There is certainly a lot at stake if you have multiple driving under DUI suspension charges, but there is hope. Attorney Mike Sherman has helped Pennsylvania drivers in their Driving Under Suspension cases and was able to get the charges reduced or dismissed in many cases.

When the stakes are high, get the experienced attorney who isn’t afraid to fight for you. Call Mike Sherman now.

What is the Mike Sherman Difference?

Mike Sherman has unique experience and knowledge which he uses to protect his clients.
  • Mike Sherman is a former attorney for the Pennsylvania State Police. He knows both sides of the law and uses that knowledge to benefit his clients.
  • Mike Sherman wrote “the” Pennsylvania textbook on Pennsylvania DUI law, Driving Under the Influence Law and Practice.
  • He uses a scientific method to investigate your case. Relying on his deep understanding of forensic science, he picks apart the evidence against you and looks for errors that he can challenge. He then carefully prepares your case with the goal of highlighting these issues and putting you in the best possible position.

If you are facing a serious charge, don’t delay. Call now to set up your free consultation at

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