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Philadelphia Third DUI Lawyer

If you were arrested for a third DUI in Philadelphia or one of the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania, then contact an experienced attorney at Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC. Our criminal defense attorneys are experienced in fighting drunk driving charges.  We can help you call into question the validity of the DUI tests whether it is standard field sobriety testing, a breath test, blood test or urine test.

Call us today at (215) 665-1695 to set up a consultation to discuss your Driving Under the Influence charges. We represent both men and women charged with a third DUI conviction throughout the greater metropolitan Philadelphia area, including in Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Bucks County.


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Third DUI Penalties in Philadelphia

If you are charged with a Third DUI in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or a surrounding area then you should be aware of the potential penalties. These punishments might apply for a third DUI conviction within 10 years. The penalties for a third DUI are more serious than for a first or second offense. Under Pennsylvania law, there are three different levels of DUI including:

  • General Impairment DUI with a BAC of .08 to .099%;
  • DUI with a High BAC of .10 to .159%; or
  • DUI with the Highest BAC of .16% and higher.

An attorney can help you determine whether this offense will be treated as a first DUI, second DUI, third DUI, or fourth DUI within 10 years. A violation of 3802 (a) (1) that involves a refusal under the Implied Consent law is subject to the highest penalty. Also, violations of 3802 (a) (2) and 3802 (a) (1) that involve an accident with injury or damage are subject to the 2nd highest penalty level.
An attorney can also talk with you about the defenses that might apply in your case. Call an attorney at Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC to discuss your case today.


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Different Types of Third DUI Offenses

For the general impairment version of DUI for a third offense within 10 years, the potential penalties include:

  • Being charged with a 2nd degree misdemeanor;
  • A one year driver's license suspension;
  • Incarceration for a minimum of 10 days up to a maximum of 24 months;
  • A fine of $500 to $5,000;
  • Being required to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation and successfully complete all recommended follow up treatment; and
  • Installing the dreaded ignition interlock device for 12 months.

For the High BAC version of DUI with a BAC of .10 to .159%, the potential penalties for the third DUI within 10 years include:

  • Being charged with a 1st degree misdemeanor;
  • An 18 month suspension of the driver's license;
  • Incarceration for a minimum of 90 days or a maximum of five years;
  • A fine of $1,500 to $10,000;
  • Being required to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation and successfully complete all recommended follow up treatment; and
  • Installing the dreaded ignition interlock device for 12 months.

For the Highest BAC version of DUI with a BAC of .16% and higher, the potential penalties for a third DUI within 10 years include:

  • Being charged with a 1st degree misdemeanor;
  • An 18 month suspension of the driver's license;
  • Incarceration for a minimum of 12 months or a maximum of five years;
  • A fine of $2,500 to $10,000;
  • Being required to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation and successfully complete all recommended follow up treatment; and
  • Installing the dreaded ignition interlock device for 12 months.

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Fighting a Third DUI in Philadelphia PA

A seasoned Philadelphia DUI lawyer can help you fight the criminal charges, even if you have prior DUI convictions. Call the aggressive criminal defense attorneys at Alva & Associates for assistance in fighting the charges. Contact us today at (215) 665-1695 to set up a free consultation to discuss your third DUI charge within 10 years.

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