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Penalties for a Second Offense DUI in New Jersey

Penalties for drunk driving in New Jersey increase with each offense, so it gets worse every time you are convicted. This is shown clearly in the sentencing guidelines for a second offense.

This is because unlike a first offense, the penalties do not depend upon your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the stop, as determined by a breathalyzer. It is the same for any reading of 0.08% or higher, or a finding of impairment other than by breathalyzer.

You essentially face the following:

  • A fine of between $500 and $1,000
  • $364 in various additional small fines and penalties
  • Thirty days community service
  • Two to 90 days in jail
  • Two year driver's license suspension
  • Either $1,000 or $1,500 in DMV surcharges per year for three years
  • A one to three year installation of ignition interlock device

Jail time is mandatory for a second offense. However, this need not be served in county jail. It can be served in an in-patient rehabilitation center or in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC). The latter tends to be the option in most cases. Find out more here!

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