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DWI / DUI Penalties in NJ

Penalties For DWI/DUI Conviction in NJ

You will be charged under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 if you are:

A person who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol in the defendant’s blood or permits another person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug to operate a motor vehicle owned by him or in his custody or control or permits another to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol in the defendant’s blood. 

In New Jersey, the penalties for a DUI charge differ if you have been convicted of any other prior DUI.  Accordingly, you will be subject to the following penalties if convicted of a first offense DUI:

First Offense (BAC between .08% and .10%): Fine of $250-$400, between 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), up to 30 days imprisonment, and a driver’s license suspension for a period of three (3) months;

First Offense (BAC between .10 and higher): Fine of $300-$500, between 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), up to 30 days imprisonment, and a driver’s license suspension for a period between seven (7) months and one (1) year;

Second Offense: Fine of $500-$1,000, between 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), at least 2 days up to 90 days imprisonment, and a driver’s license suspension for a period of two (2) years;

Third or Subsequent Offense: Fine of $1,000, between 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), up to 180 days imprisonment, and a driver’s license suspension for a period of ten (10) years.

In addition to the above penalties, a conviction for DUI will also come with associated costs and surcharges, as well as the installation of the Ignition Interlock device for a period of time. 

Current Municipal Court Public Defender Skilled in Handling Driving Under the Influence Cases throughout New Jersey

Unfortunately, one of the more common charges seen throughout New Jersey’s Municipal Court system is Driving Under the Influence, N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.  Not only is a DUI a very serious charge, it also comes with substantial collateral consequences that can affect your driving record for the rest of your life. In order to obtain a favorable outcome, it is very important to be represented by a lawyer who handles these types of violations on a daily basis.

If you or someone you know has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, we can help.  For a free and confidential consultation, please contact The Brown Law Firm at (609) 344-8270 or visit us at christopherbrownlaw.com. 

What Not to Do if I am stopped for DUI? 

It is required under law that a person stopped for a potential DUI expressly agree to submit to the administration of a breathalyzer test.  The officers will read the NJ Standard Statement seeking the individuals consent to submit to the breathalyzer test. It is very important to understand that refusal to submit to this test does not automatically prohibit the State of New Jersey from charging you with a DUI.  It is quite the opposite actually. In addition to the DUI charge, the officers will now charge you with refusal to submit to the breathalyzer. This separate charge will carry additional penalties including fines and driver’s license suspension.

Contact the Law Firm of Christopher A. Brown for Excellent Representation in Municipal Court.

Drinking and driving is not only illegal, but dangerous and quite often deadly. It’s important to always designate a sober driver, for your safety as well as for those within your community. Stay alive – don’t drink and drive!

However, if you or anyone you know has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, finding a competent attorney should be your top priority.  Effective representation in Municipal Court can greatly affect the outcome of your case. 

The attorneys at the Law Firm of Christopher A. Brown are tenacious advocates and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for every client.  For experienced Municipal Court representation, please contact the Law Firm of Christopher A. Brown at (609) 344-8270 or at christopherbrownlaw.com and speak to our Atlantic City DUI/DWI lawyer for a free consultation.  

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