Blog

What are the Penalties for a DWI in New Jersey?

DWI’s are among the most serious tickets a motorist can receive. While nobody should get behind the wheel of a car after even having just one drink, we all make mistakes. This is why we believe that you should not have your life so drastically impacted because of a mistake. If you have been charged with a DWI, here are some of the questions you may have regarding the penalties you may face as a result:

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

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

  • 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, meaning they will not go easy on you. Some of the penalties you may face for a second-offense DWI are as follows:

  • 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?

If this is your third or subsequent DWI offense, then you cannot afford to wait. Contact an attorney who can aggressively fight these charges, or else the rest of your life may be negatively impacted as a result. You may face some of the following penalties:

  • 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

Contact our experienced Middlesex County firm

Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.

Read Our Latest Blog Posts

  Accident Reconstruction After a New Jersey Car Accident

If you have been injured due to another party's negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. This can be difficult to do when it comes to car accidents. Luckily, an accident…

Read More
  What to Know About Elevator Accidents in New Jersey

We use elevators often. In fact, almost any multi-story building has one. Because they are such a staple of our everyday lives, we don't often consider the dangers. Elevators are made of many intricate parts that must all be in working order. If a manufacturer creates a product negligently, a…

Read More
  Traffic Deaths Rise | New Jersey Car Accidents

Many of us spent 2020 staying home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This meant less traffic on the road. Despite this, traffic accidents increased. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the increase in the rate of 2020 motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. was the largest since…

Read More