First Offense

Woodbridge First-Offense DUI Attorney

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New Jersey is aggressive towards those who are caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Law enforcement actively seeks out drunk drivers to secure the safety of others on the road. If you are caught driving under the influence, you need to contact an attorney to assess your case immediately. A DUI is a serious offense that can burden your life and livelihood. You are facing heavy penalties, including the possibility of fines, fees, and surcharges, a suspended license, the implementation of an ignition interlock device, jail time, and community service. If you face this dire situation, contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze, Esq. The firm is ready to assess your case and fight for your future.

First offense DUI

Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the only scientific way to determine if someone is driving under the influence of alcohol. In New Jersey, you are considered under the influence if you have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. New Jersey separates DUI charges into different tiers related to the blood alcohol content found in the driver’s system. If you are found with a BAC of 0.8% but lower that 0.10%, you are facing serious charges. Some of these penalties include:

  • Up to 30 days of incarceration
  • License suspension for 3 months  
  • A $1000 surcharge per year for 3 years
  • A $250-$400 fine
  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) and related fees
  • A $100 Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund fee
  • A $100 Drunk Driving Fund fee
  • A $75 Neighborhood Services Fund fee

DUI under 21

If you are caught driving under the influence and you are under the age of 21, you are facing a serious situation. Any reading of a blood alcohol content (.01% or more) will subject a person to the possibility of a license suspension of 30-90 days, overwhelming fines, 15-30 days of community service, and the participation in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) and related fees.

Permitting another person to drive your car under the influence

New Jersey has very strict laws about driving under the influence. If you have been drinking too much and can’t drive, you may decide to let another person take your keys because they believe that they are better equipped to get you both home safely. If that person is caught driving under the influence in your car, you will also face a DUI. Because you have chosen to let another person put other drivers at risk, the state believes that you should be equally responsible for their actions.

Contact an experienced DUI attorney

If you are facing a DUI in New Jersey, you need to consider your future. You are facing heavy penalties that can subject you to overwhelming consequence, one of which is a devastating impact your employment or ability to get further employment. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney that can help you through tough times. The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze, Esq. has over 25 years of knowledge fighting for NJ clients facing DUI charges. If you are looking at an uncertain future because of a DUI charge, contact our firm for an initial consultation.