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How does that 10 year look back period for pa dui laws relate to people that had dui prior to the new law?

Clifton Heights, PA |

I got a dui in 1994 and went thru the ard program. I got a dui in 2004 and the new law states it can look back 10 years. I was told that my first dui was going to be expunged from my record in 7 years from the judge.. the duis were 9yrs and 8 months apart

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I'm a bit puzzled why you're asking about a DUI in 2004, but to answer your question, the 2004 DUI would definitely be counted as a second conviction, since the 1994 DUI occurred less than 10 years prior. In fact, even if the DUI had occurred more than 10 years earlier, but you entered the ARD program less than 10 years prior it would still be considered a first DUI conviction. (It should be noted that an ARD is not a conviction, but is considered a conviction for purposes of determining what mandatory sentence that applies)
When the first DUI occurred, the look back period was only 7 years, but regardless of what anyone may have told you at the time, the law was changed several years ago to increase the look back period to 10 years.


If the new law, changing the "look back" to 10 years, had gone into effect before you got the DUI in 2004, then the prohibition against ex-post facto laws would not be violated. The idea is that you should have known the look back had changed to 10 years when you committed the 2nd DUI. The law also presumes that you knew what the law was.