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What are the Consequences of an Underage DWI in New Jersey?

New Jersey does not take underage drinking and driving lightly. You will face serious consequences for a DWI as a minor. If you are facing DWI charges as an underage individual, it is important that you reach out to a knowledgeable and understanding criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court. Our criminal firm understands the impact a DWI charge can have on a minor’s future and will fight to reduce the charges. Give our firm a call today to learn more about services and how we can assist your legal situation. You do not need to go through this process alone. We are here to help.

What Are the Penalties of an Underage DWI?

If you are pulled over with a BAC of .01% or above as an underage individual, you will be charged with a DWI. If you are charged with a DWI for the first time and you are underage, the penalties you face will depend on your BAC. Prior offenses of a DWI will also be considered when determining penalties.

You will face the following penalties if you are charged with a BAC of .08-.09%:

  • $100 Drunk Driving Fund fee
  • $75 Neighborhood Services Fund fee
  • $1,000 yearly surcharge for 3 years
  • Up to 30 days of incarceration
  • Suspension of license for 3 months
  • Engagement in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center and applicable fees
  • $250 and $400 fines
  • $100 for the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund

Your charges will increase if you are pulled over with a BAC of .10% or above

As a minor, if you are found drinking and driving, you may face the following penalties:

  • Fines
  • 15-30 days of community service
  • License suspension for 30-90 days
  • Participation in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) and related fees

Subsequent DWI charges will result in more severe penalties.

What Should I Do if Charged with an Underage DWI?

It is necessary to contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with an underage DWI. Our experienced criminal defense attorney will fight to reduce your charges and penalties.  Our firm is confident in our ability to fight for your rights in court. We understand the weight that an underage DWI charge may have on your future. Get started today by reaching out to our firm to schedule your initial consultation.

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