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DWI Charges in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

New Jersey takes driving while intoxicated (DWI) very seriously. As a result, it is important to understand the consequences of a DWI charge. Read on to learn more about DWI penalties in New Jersey.

What are the penalties for a first-offense DWI in New Jersey?

It is important to understand that DWI penalties are tiered. This means that your charges may increase depending on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and your prior offenses.

If you are charged with a first-offense DWI in the state of New Jersey, you may face the following:

  • 3-month license suspension
  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • 12-48 hours in the IDRC, with applicable fees
  • $250-$400 fine
  • $100 to AERF
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • A 3-year surcharge of $1000 per year
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund

What are the penalties for a second DWI in New Jersey?

If this is your second time receiving a DWI, New Jersey courts will treat you as a repeat offender and your penalties will increase. This may include:

  • 2-year loss of license
  • $500-$1000 fine
  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • 12-48 hours in the IDRC, with applicable fees
  • An interlock device installation for the duration of your license suspension and 1-3 years after
  • $100 to AERF
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • A 3-year surcharge of $1000 per year
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Up to 30 days of community service

What are the consequences for a third or subsequent DWI?

A third or subsequent DWI offense will have life-altering consequences. These consequences may include:

  • 10-year loss of license
  • $1000 fine
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • 12-48 hours in the IDRC with applicable fees
  • Ignition Interlock Device during license suspension and 1-3 years afterward
  • $100 to AERF
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • A 3-year surcharge of $1000 per year
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Up to 90 days of community service

If you are facing DWI charges, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out to our firm as soon as possible to discuss your options. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case.

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