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Spotlight Issue: What is the difference between a 1543(a) and a 1543(b) violation?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

What is the difference between a 1543(a) and a 1543(b) violation? Both violations are traffic offenses, but the consequences for each are vastly different. We’ll point out some of the most important differences here.

1) Both 1543(a) and 1543(b) violations relate to driving with a suspended license, BUT the reason for the original license suspension determines which section applies.

- 1543(a): any type of license suspension not related to a DUI

- 1543(b): license suspension related to a DUI – ex. DUI conviction or ARD disposition or refusal to submit to chemical testing

2) Both 1543(a) and 1543(b) convictions result in fines and additional license suspensions, BUT there are drastic differences in the amount of jail time involved (if any)

- 1543(a): the beginning penalty is a $200 fine and an additional license suspension – repeat violations result in an increased penalty of up to $1,000 fine and a jail sentence of up to 6 months – a 6th or subsequent conviction results in a mandatory $1,000 fine and a mandatory jail sentence of 30 days – 6 months

- 1543(b): penalty of $500 fine and immediately includes a mandatory jail sentence of 60 to 90 days

3) 1543(b) has increased penalties if the driver has drugs or alcohol above .02% in his blood OR refuses to submit to chemical testing, 1543(a) does not
– 1st conviction with enhanced penalty – mandatory $1,000 fine and 90 day jail sentence
– 2nd conviction with enhanced penalty – mandatory $2,500 fine and a jail sentence not to exceed 6 months
– 3rd conviction with enhanced penalty – mandatory $5,000 fine and a jail sentence not to exceed 2 years

As you can tell from this summary, there are much stricter penalties for driving with a DUI-suspended license under 1543(b); however, a 1543(a) violation should not be taken lightly, either. If you’ve been charged with either of these traffic offenses in Berks County, the stakes are too high for you to try to handle your case on your own. Our attorneys will investigate your case to see whether you have been properly charged and discuss your options with you, including the possibility of negotiating a reduced sentence. Contact our knowledgeable criminal law attorneys today at 610-372-5128 or email us at info@ennlaw.com.