Consequences for drunk driving increase with each offense, so it gets worse every time you are convicted. The penalty for a first offense DUI in NJ can depend upon your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the stop, as determined by a breathalyzer.
So What Are You Facing?
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!
A Conviction Can Devastate Your Life!
A drunk driving conviction can have additional devastating effects on your life, including:
- the loss of your job if you cannot carpool or use public transportation (NJ does not allow a "to and from work" driver's license)
- financial distress caused by the loss of income
- a significant increase in your car insurance premiums
So Don't Give Up the Fight!
Most people think that there is nothing they can do about their DUI charge; they just give up and plead guilty. Don't surrender; you may have defenses! If you want to know what they are, click here! Then scroll down and see what to do next!
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, want to do everything you can to avoid conviction, and are ready to act, then call me immediately 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.
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