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Starting on January 11, 2018, if you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) and it is determined that you refused to give either a blood or breath sample it will cost you a lot more money to get your license back.  Currently, Penn Dot imposes a $70 restoration fee to get your license back after a DUI conviction.  Starting January 11, 2018 for a first offense with a refusal, the restoration fee will now be a whopping $500.  The second time around – it will be $1000 to get your driving privileges back.  For a third offense or more you will have to pay $2000.  This fee is just to get your license back and does not include court costs and standard fines which start at $1000 for a first offense DUI refusal.


Under the current law, if you refuse to submit to a blood or breath test your license can be suspended civilly by Penn Dot for 1 year.  If you are then later convicted of a DUI stemming from the same offense and deemed a refusal, your license can be suspended for an additional 1 year.  You may be eligible to get your license back earlier provided that you install a breathalyzer on your car.  This is also a significant expense.

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