Senate Bill 961 was passed in Pennsylvania late in December, 2018. This bill outlines stricter penalties for repeat DUI offenders.
Driving on a Suspended License
If you have already had your license suspended for a previous DUI and you are pulled over, you can now expect more severe penalties.
- The first time being caught driving on a suspended license due to DUI is a summary offense. The penalty will include a $500 fine and 60-90 days in jail.
- The second time being caught driving on a suspended license due to DUI is also a summary offense. The penalty is increased to a $1,000 fine and a minimum of 90 days in jail.
- The third time being caught driving on a suspended license due to DUI has been increased to a misdemeanor. The penalty includes a fine of $2,500 and a mandatory minimum of 6 months in jail.
Homicide in DUI
The penalties for killing someone while driving under the influence has increased.
- If a person commits vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, there is a minimum sentence of 5 years if the person has a previous DUI conviction.
- This is increased to 7 years per victim if the driver has 2 or more previous DUI convictions.
The law now has harsher sentencing for repeat offenders.
- It is now a felony to have a BAC of .16 or higher, or being under the influence of a controlled substance, for a 3rd DUI.
- A 4th DUI is now considered a felony.
Learner’s Permit DUI Law
A licensed driver can no longer be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while accompanying a driver on a learner’s permit. If caught doing so, the licensed driver can be charged with DUI as a passenger.