DWI

New Jersey and Pennsylvania DWI/DUI Attorneys

Representing clients facing DUI charges

Being charged with a DUI is a serious matter. Drunk driving is an issue that law enforcement and courts are proactive in fighting. Both states have similar laws and consequences for those who are caught over the legal limit. The only scientific way to establish the amount of alcohol in a person’s system is through the assessment of one’s blood alcohol content (BAC). For both states, the legal limit of alcohol is 0.08% BAC. Pennsylvania changed their laws to reflect that limit in 2003, changing it from 0.10% BAC. If you have been charged with a DUI in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you need a firm that can develop a comprehensive defense strategy to fight these accusations. If you need our help, contact The Vigilante Law Firm for a consultation.

New Jersey DWI basics

A conviction of a DWI in New Jersey between 0.08% and 0.10% comes with the following penalties:

  • A loss of license for 3 months
  • Prison up to 30 days
  • 12-48 hours in the IDRC
  • A fine between $250-$400
  • $230 IDRC fee
  • $100 drunk driving fund fine
  • $100 to AERF
  • $1000/ year for 3 years
  • $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

A conviction of a DWI over 0.10% comes with the following penalties:

  • A loss of license up to 1 year
  • Prison up to 30 days
  • 12-48 hours in the IDRC
  • A fine between $300-$500
  • $230 IDRC fee
  • $100 drunk driving fund fine
  • $100 to AERF
  • $1000/ year for 3 years
  • $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

If a person is caught with a BAC of 0.15% or greater, they are subjected to an ignition interlock device during the suspension period and up to a year after. Repeat offenders are subjected to escalated consequences, including more jail time, higher fines, great periods of license suspension and mandatory use of the ignition interlock device.

Pennsylvania DUI basics

A conviction of a DUI in Pennsylvania between 0.08% and 0.099% (considered general impairment) comes with the following penalties:

  • 6 months of probation
  • A fine of $300
  • Mandatory attendance of alcohol highway safety school
  • Alcohol and drug treatment

A conviction of a DUI in Pennsylvania between 0.10% and 0.159% (considered High BAC) comes with the following penalties:

  • Suspended license for 1 year
  • Between 48 hours to 6 months in prison
  • Between $500 to $5000 in fines
  • Mandatory attendance of alcohol highway safety school
  • Alcohol and drug treatment

A conviction of a DUI in Pennsylvania between 0.16% and over (considered Highest BAC) comes with the following penalties:

  • Suspended license for 1 year
  • Between 72 hours to 6 months in prison
  • Between $1000 to $5000 in fines
  • Mandatory attendance of alcohol highway safety school
  • Alcohol and drug treatment

A conviction of repeat offenses comes with escalated fines, jail time, and the impact to your license.

Contact An Effective Criminal Defense Law Firm

Being charged with DUI/DWI is a very serious matter. A person can face various consequences that could impact one’s future ability to get a job, housing, and other opportunities. It is important to discuss this matter with an experienced legal team as soon as possible. If you need an effective legal team to explore all legal defenses to fight these charges, contact The Vigilante Law Firm for a consultation.