Yes. The only DUI conviction that escapes mandatory jail time or its equivalent in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a first offense of the General Impairment Tier with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of lower than 0.1%.
A DUI sentence for drivers found with a blood alcohol content of anything above 0.1% can range from 2 days to 60 months. The sentence is dependent on the details of the case. For example, if the driving impairment led to property damage, injury, or death, these things will be taken into consideration during the driver’s sentencing. The sentencing judge will also consider the driver’s BAC, his or her type of driver’s license, and any prior record.
Judges consider alternatives to jail sentences for drivers when this is appropriate. These include work release, house arrest, and secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring (SCRAM).
Drivers involved in minor traffic accidents and without criminal records can also enter an accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program of alcohol highway safety school and community service that lasts between 30 days and a year.
If the offense is committed in Pennsylvania, no matter the driver’s home state, the case will be tried in Pennsylvania courts.