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DUI Crimes Driving while operating privilege is suspended

DUI Crimes such as Driving a motor vehicle while your operating privilege is suspended or revoked can have very serious consequences on your freedom.  DUI marijuanaSpecifically, driving with a suspended license can be found in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code under Title 75 section 1543. There are two separate portions of section 1543 of the Vehicle Code. The first crime deals with driving on a suspended license that is not DUI related. The second crime and the one that is significantly more serious appears under section 1543b of the vehicle code and deals with driving with a suspended license as a result of a DUI conviction. Specifically, in order to be convicted for these crimes, the government must prove the following criminal elements beyond a reasonable doubt: First, that the accused was driving a motor vehicle on any highway or trafficway in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Second, that the accused's driver's license was suspended at the time of his driving. And finally, that the accused had notice of the suspension of his driver's license either in court or from Pendot.

A conviction for DUI Crimes such as Driving while operating privilege is suspended always carry a mandatory 1 year suspension of an accused's driver's license, as well as jail time. Specifically, a conviction for 1543b requires that the defendant pay a fine of at least $500 and to be imprisoned for at least 60 days and not more than 90 days. DUI homicide  Additionally, if the accused has alcohol in his system greater than .02% at the time of testing or narcotics or refuses testing of blood or breath shall upon a first conviction, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000 and imprisonment for 90 days. A second violation of this crime is a misdemeanor of the third degree, and punishable by a fine of $2,500 and to imprisonment for six months. A third or subsequent conviction for this crime is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable with a $5,000 fine and two years in prison.

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