If you are not from Pennsylvania and are arrested for a DUI, your conviction will be shared with your home state. Whether or not you are convicted and face penalties will be determined by the state in which you reside.
If you are convicted of a DUI in the state of Pennsylvania, there is a good chance your driver’s license will be suspended. The best way to avoid this outcome is to not have a DUI conviction on your record.
The length of a driver’s license suspension is primarily based on the following factors:
Your license will officially be suspended when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) receives notice of your conviction or admission into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. You will receive notification in the mail from PennDot when your driver’s license suspension begins. You are also required to return your actual license to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Driver Licensing by the first date of your license suspension.
The following information indicates how long your driver’s license will be suspended based on BAC and the number of prior offenses:
First DUI offense
Second DUI offense
Third DUI offense
If you have two or more DUI convictions, then you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in all vehicles that you own. An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that’s attached to a vehicle’s ignition and will not allow it to start unless you have an acceptable score. Breath samples are also taken intermittently while the vehicle is moving. If you fail a breath test, then the results will be sent to the police and an alarm may also sound. You will be responsible for having the ignition interlock device installed and all associated costs. Additionally, you will be prohibited from driving any vehicle that does not have an ignition interlock device.
If you’re facing your first DUI offense and driver’s license suspension, you may qualify for an Occupational Limited License (OLL). An OLL permits you to drive only for work, medical or educational purposes. If you have a 12-month suspension, the OLL will only be issued after the first 60 days of your license suspension are served. If you have an 18-month suspension, the OLL will be issued after you have served 12 months of your license suspension. There is also the possibility of your OLL being extended, after a hearing conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
If you receive another DUI conviction, you will only be eligible for another OLL once five years have passed.