DWI convictions stay on your record forever, but how they affect the penalties, which get more and more severe as you progress from a first, to second, to third offense, can depend on timing.

Obtain a complete abstract from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. If the date you were ticketed for your first offense (not the date of conviction) was more than ten years before your second, then your second will count as a first offense for sentencing.

But, that step-down for a first offense can only happen once. If a third offense occurs more than ten years after the second, then it is treated as a second offense, not a first.

However, if a third offense occurs within ten years of the second, it is treated as a third. For more information and examples of how this works, check out this page.

If you have received a drunk driving ticket in southern New Jersey and have one (or more) DUI convictions on your abstract, you need to consult with a lawyer to see what you are facing. Call my office 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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