Penalties for drunk driving in New Jersey increase with each offense, so it gets worse every time you are convicted. For a first offense, the penalties can depend upon your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the stop, as determined by a breathalyzer.
With a reading between 0.08% and 0.099%, you face the following:
- A fine of between $250 and $400
- Incarceration ranging between 12 hours and 30 days (rare)
- Three month driver's license suspension
- Approximately $700 in other fees, charges and costs
Should your reading be 0.10% or higher, however, you face:
- A fine of between $300 and $500
- Incarceration ranging between 12 hours and 30 days (again, rare)
- Seven months to one year driver's license suspension
- Possible six month to one year installation of an ignition interlock device
- $364 in other fees, charges and costs
Even though the penalties are comparably light for a first offense, they can have a devastating effect on your life, including the potential loss of your job. This is because New Jersey, unlike some other states, does not allow a "to and from work" driver's license. You cannot drive at all!
What Should I Do?
Considering what you face, if you have been charged with drunk driving, you need to consult with a lawyer. If you received the ticket in southern New Jersey, please feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to schedule an appointment in my Woodbury office to discuss your options.
If you are looking for more information on New Jersey's drunk driving law, then download my free book, How Much Trouble Am I In? A Guide to New Jersey Drunk Driving Law.