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PA Crimes That Can Lead to Suspension of Privileges

In many cases, a first-time offender can expect to receive a fairly lenient sentence for a misdemeanor conviction — often little more than a fine or probation. However, the conviction may lead to unanticipated consequences. Certain crimes can result in the suspension of various privileges granted under the laws of Pennsylvania, including your license to drive, carry a concealed weapon or engage in certain types of business.

Crimes that can result in the suspension of certain privileges run the full gamut of type and severity:

  • A conviction of driving without insurance can result in a three-month driver’s license suspension.
  • A first offense DUI involving a controlled substance or a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .10 or above can result in a 12-month suspension. The suspension can be reduced significantly if the person successfully completes Alternative Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).
  • A violation of Pennsylvania’s implied consent law can result in a 12-month driver’s license suspension.
  • A conviction of a controlled substance violation can result in a revocation of a concealed carry permit.
  • For the holder of a liquor license, a conviction of providing alcohol to minors can result in the suspension or revocation of a liquor license.

For professionals, a criminal conviction may also lead to disciplinary action by the governing authority of your profession, even if not specifically mandated by state law. Having the counsel of an experienced Reading area criminal defense attorney can help you identify and account for these types of unanticipated consequences before deciding how to approach your criminal charge.

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