Clifton NJ DWI Defense Attorney: Explaining Penalties for DWI in New Jersey

Drunk Driving Defense in Passaic County, NJ

If you are facing a drunk driving charge in New Jersey, you should seek legal advice from an experienced DWI defense lawyer who can help you avoid serious DWI penalties. Even a first offense DWI can result in jail time and MANDATORY suspension of your driver’s license, in addition to the many other penalties outlined below.

Alissa D. Hascup has successfully defended countless clients who have been charged with alcohol-related offenses, including first offense DWI, third offense DWI, and refusal to take a breath test in Wayne, Clifton, Paterson, and Passaic. Ms. Hascup has extensive experience in the courtroom as both a defense attorney and a DWI prosecutor. In fact, her experience on both sides has allowed her to develop advanced defense strategies that she can use to help you beat your DWI charges. Ms. Hascup is a former municipal prosecutor who handled DWI trials on a regular basis.

Call or email the Law Office of Alissa Hascup, LLC today for a free consultation about your DWI case. You should also feel free to keep reading this page for more information about DWI penalties in New Jersey.

Penalties for DWI in New Jersey: First Offense

There are two categories of penalties for first offense DWI in New Jersey.

.08% to .10% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC):

  • Jail Time: A sentence of up to 30 days in jail.
  • Suspension of Driver’s License: Loss of driver’s license for three (3) months.
  • Fines: $800.00 in fines, including court costs and fees.
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC): Required to spend 12 hours attending an intensive alcohol education program at the IDRC. Failure to comply with IDRC requirements could result in additional jail time.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: At the court’s discretion, may be required to install an ignition interlock device on car for a period of between six (6) months and one (1) year. This is a device that makes it impossible to start the car without first providing a clean breath test sample.

.10% and Above BAC:

  • Jail Time: A sentence of up to 30 days in jail.
  • Suspension of Driver’s License: Suspension of driver’s license for up to one (1) year.
  • Fines: May be fined up to $800.00, including court costs and fees.
  • IDRC: Required to participate in an alcohol education program at the IDRC for between 12 hours and 48 hours. Failure to comply with IDRC requirements could result in jail time.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: MUST install an ignition interlock device on car for a period of between six (6) months and one (1) year.

Penalties for DWI in New Jersey: Second Offense

.08% BAC and above:

  • Jail Time: A mandatory sentence of two (2) days in jail, which can be extended to three (3) months in jail.
  • Suspension of Driver’s License: Mandatory suspension of driver’s license for two (2) years.
  • Fines: May be fined up to $1,000.00, with other court costs and fees bringing the total to more than $1,400.00.
  • IDRC: Must spend 48 hours attending an alcohol education program at the IDRC. Might also be required to complete additional treatment in a follow-up program that can last for as long as four (4) months. Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to additional jail time.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: Required to install an ignition interlock device on car for a period of between one (1) year and three (3) years.
  • Community Service Requirement: Required to perform 30 days (or 180 hours) of community service.

Penalties for DWI in New Jersey: Third Offense

.08% BAC and above:

  • Jail Time: Mandatory sentence of three (3) months in jail, with potential for up to six (6) months in jail.
  • Suspension of Driver’s License: Loss of driver’s license for ten (10) years.
  • Fines: Fines totaling more than $1,000.00.
  • IDRC: Determined on a case-by-case basis, but may be required to spend 48 hours attending an alcohol education program at the IDRC.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on car for a period of between one (1) year and three (3) years.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Passaic County NJ DWI Defense Lawyer

If you have questions about your DWI or DUI case, call or email the Law Office of Alissa Hascup, LLC today. Ms. Hascup will be happy to look over the details of your case and determine the best strategy to help you avoid DWI penalties and potentially get your DWI case dismissed entirely.

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