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 third or subsequent offense, which involves a suspension of your driver's license for a significant period of time, and a substantial prison sentence.
You essentially face the following:
- A fine of $1,000
- 180 days imprisonment
- Ten year loss of license
- Either $1,000 or $1,500 in DMV surcharges per year for three years, depending upon if the prior conviction occurred within three years
- $364 in other fees, charges and costs
- A one to three year installation of ignition interlock device
Certain Jail Time
The scariest part of all of this is the jail term, which cannot be served on weekends, on work release, or house arrest. However, the judge may allow up to 90 days of it to be served in an approved in-patient alcohol treatment facility.
There is no discretion left to the court on the length of the incarceration. This denial of discretion is also shown in the amount of the fine and the length of the suspension period.
A drunk driving conviction can have additional devastating effects 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 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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