Pennsylvania's Implied Consent Law
Counsel from a Proven Harrisburg DUI Attorney
Pennsylvania's Implied Consent law (sometimes known as O'Connell
Warnings) requires every licensed motorist to submit to a chemical blood
alcohol content (BAC) test when asked to by law enforcement. This can
mean a blood, urine, or breathalyzer test. While many drivers feel that
this law imposes upon them, this law also provides penalties for any driver
who refuses—even if they end up not being guilty or convicted of
a DUI offense.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI or DUI-related offense,
careful navigation is needed. To challenge both the criminal charge and
any administrative penalties from the PennDOT—like Implied Consent
penalties—proactive and knowledgeable defense counsel is needed.
Our team at
Curcillo Law, LLC has more than 90 years of combined legal experience, including in handling
DUI matters. We are ready to assess the circumstances of your case and
diligently pursue every avenue towards a reduction or dismissal of any
penalties on your behalf.
Protect your driving privileges today. Contact us to request a
Implied Consent Penalties
Refusing to submit to a chemical test results in a license suspension.
These suspensions are in addition to any criminal DUI penalties you might
later incur. The arresting officer is required to inform you about this
Implied Consent suspension before asking to administer the test.
Implied consent penalties in Pennsylvania include:
First offense - 1-year license suspension
Second offense - 18-month license suspension
Third offense - 18-month license suspension
There are never really any advantages to refusing a chemical test. Not
only do they come with their own penalties, but a refusal to take a test
can also cast the accused in an unfavorable light during a criminal trial
as well, since refusing the test often implies guilt. No matter what your
circumstances are, however, it is possible to pursue favorable outcomes
both for your criminal DUI charge and your PennDOT Implied Consent penalties.
Start exploring your legal options.
Contact us to speak with a dedicated Harrisburg DUI lawyer today.