If you refuse a blood, urine or breath test, the officer will first send a notice of refusal to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and you will face automatic suspension of your driver’s license for one year. You will also face the maximum penalties as if you were charged with a BAC of .16% or higher – a first-degree misdemeanor – at least three days in jail, a fine of at least $1,000 and potentially 150 hours of community service.
When you get the suspension from PennDOT, you may challenge it in County Court if you feel that you were not advised of your rights correctly. If you appeal this refusal letter, your license will not be suspended until after your hearing.
If you refuse a blood, urine or breath test upon your second offense DUI, this is also treated as a first-degree misdemeanor, and may include these additional penalties: