A conviction for the charge of DUI as a second offense carries a mandatory minimum period of incarceration, dependant upon your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) at the time of arrest, ranging from five (5) days to 90 days. There are also mandatory minimum fines ranging from $300.00 to $1,500.00, and a period of license suspension between 12 and 18 months. Additionally, the law mandates the completion of a CRN (Court Reporting Network) evaluation, attendance at the Alcohol Highway Safety Program classes, completion of any Court ordered counseling, and a period of restricted driver privileges requiring an ignition interlock system. All costs associated with the conviction must also be paid.
Penalties could go as high as
five years in jail and
a fine of $10,000
The Alternative Sentencing Program is designed to lessen prison crowding and to provide the offender with intensive supervision and treatment. The program offers the appropriate individuals the opportunity to serve only 7 of the 30 days within the Northampton County Prison with the remaining 23 days being served on house arrest with electronic monitoring. In addition, the program requires attendance at a counseling program totaling 50 hours over a 17 day period. Lastly, participants are required to attend AA and complete CWS (community work service) hours.
A second time offender may apply for this program by completing the attached application and returning it to:
Northampton County DUI Program
Criminal Administration Building
105 South Union Street
Easton, PA 18042
You must apply within a 30-day period after your Preliminary Hearing. The application must be complete and all required contacts must have been made prior to your application being submitted.
There are program costs that are in addition to the basic County costs of prosecution and the mandatory minimum fines, which are established by the State of Pennsylvania.
**The above-listed costs represent the minimum mandatory requirements.
There may be additional alternatives to those which are explained herein.
If you have any questions, you may wish to contact an attorney to discuss all of the options available. If you cannot afford an attorney, please contact the Northampton County Public Defender's Office for assistance at (610)-559-3040.