If you were charged with a DUI in New Jersey after December 1, 2019, and are found guilty, the installation of an ignition interlock device will be part of your sentence. But what if you don’t own or lease a car or even drive? Do you still need to get one?

You Don’t Have to Get an Interlock Device

In that case, you must attest to this in court, under oath, at time of sentencing. Since this is testimony under oath, lying about it is perjury, which is a third degree crime in New Jersey that could get you indicted and facing 3-5 years in jail among other punishments. Plus, you could face the loss of your job if you are a public employee.

Should you later purchase or lease a car (or start to drive again), you must notify the court immediately and have an ignition interlock device installed for the time period set forth in your sentence.

But You Will Lose Your License!

The downside to this is that you will lose your license for the same amount of time you were required to have the IID. In other words:

  • For a First Offense:
    • 0.08% to below 0.10%: 3 months
    • 0.10% to below 0.15%: 7-12 months
    • 0.15% or higher: 9-15 months after the 4-6 month license suspension
  • For a Second Offense: 2-4 years after the initial 2-4 year license suspension
  • For a Third or Subsequent Offense: 2-4 years after the initial 8 years license suspension

You might wonder why this is a good thing if your license is suspended. Bear in mind that an IID costs an average of $99 per month, which would ultimately cost you anywhere from $300 for a 3 month hitch to $4,800 depending on how long you are required to have it on your car!

Do I Still Need to Hire a Lawyer?

A DUI in New Jersey can have a devastating effect on your life. It can affect your car insurance premiums and could result in the loss of your job!

So, if you have been charged with a DUI in New Jersey in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, or Cumberland counties, realize that you need to hire a lawyer, and are ready to take action, then call me at 856-432-4113 today for a free consultation in my office. Don’t risk your future!

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