DWI

Being charged with a DUI is a serious matter. Drunk driving is an issue that law enforcement and courts feel strongly about and 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. If you have been charged with a DUI in New Jersey, 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.

First Offense DWI

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

  • A maximum of 30 days of incarceration
  • Driver’s license suspension for 3 months
  • $1,000 surcharge each year for 3 years
  • A fine between $250 and $400
  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center and applicable fees
  • A $100 fee for the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
  • A $100 Drunk Driving Fund fee
  • A $75 Neighborhood Services Fund fee

A conviction of a DWI with a blood alcohol content of more than 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.

Second Offense DWI

In the state of New Jersey, anyone who is charged with a second offense DWI will face serious consequences. If you are charged with a DWI for the second time within 10 years of your previous offense, the consequences you may face include the following:

  • Up to 90 days of incarceration
  • Driver’s license suspension for 2 years
  • A fine between $500 and $1000
  • 12-48 hours served at the NJ Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

Third Offense DWI

If you have been charged with a third or subsequent DWI in the state of New Jersey over the course of 10 years, the penalties become even more severe. These may include:

  • A maximum of 180 days of incarceration
  • Driver’s license suspension for 10 years
  • A $1,500 surcharge each year for 3 years
  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • $100 to the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • $75 Neighborhood Services Fund
  • A $1000 fine
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device

Underage DWI

If an underage person in new Jersey has a blood alcohol content of 0.01 percent or higher, they can face an underage DWI charge. This may result in the following penalties:

  • A driver’s license suspension between 30 and 90 days
  • 15-30 days of community service
  • IDRC program completion
  • Various fees and fines

DWI for Intoxicated Passengers

If a vehicle owner allows an intoxicated person to operate his or her motor vehicle, they can also be charged with a DWI. These situations can even result in a passenger facing more serious penalties than the driver if the passenger were to already have a previous DWI on their record.

Contact An Effective Criminal Defense Law Firm

Being charged with DUI/DWI in the state of New Jersey 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.