What Are The Penalties If I’m Convicted?
In New Jersey, a DWI/DUI conviction carries harsh penalties. The state has several laws specifically dedicated to drunk driving punishment. While the consequences depend on the facts of your specific situation, below is a list of possible penalties:
- Jail time. If you are convicted of DWI/DUI, jail is always a possibility. If the offense was committed in a school zone, involved minors or commercial vehicles, or was an accident that caused serious injury, the chance of serving jail time greatly increases.
- Fines. Drunk driving is expensive. In New Jersey, DWI/DUI fines can quickly reach tens of thousands of dollars. The state also has an annual surcharge.
- Suspended or revoked driver’s license. If convicted of DWI/DUI, your driver’s license will be suspended. The length of the suspension depends on the facts of your case.
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). If this is your second or third DWI/DUI conviction, an IID will be installed in your car. First-time offenders may also be subjected to an IID, depending on the circumstances.
- Completion of an intoxicated driver program at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) Aftercare. These classes are mandatory and can result in the ordering of additional treatment that lasts anywhere from four months to one year.
- Alcohol education classes. Twelve- or 48-hour intoxicated driver program classes are required after a DWI/DUI conviction. You may also be required to attend additional outpatient treatment courses.
- Community service. A community service sentence can range from hours to months. If you fail to fulfill your community service, you can be found in violation of probation.
- High car insurance premiums. A DWI/DUI conviction can cause your car insurance rates to spike for years to come.
You Can Avoid These Penalties. I Can Help.
Certain types of DWI/DUIs carry mandatory minimum sentences. However, DWI/DUI sentencing is often left to the discretion of the judge. That is why it is extremely important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The lawyer you choose could mean the difference between going to jail or staying free with jail alternatives such as community service and probation.
“I hired Tom for a DUI case that I was involved in. I was looking at getting my driving privileges suspended for seven months and an interlock device for one year after I received my license back. At the end of it all, I only lost my license for three months with no interlock device needed! I promise you, Tom is your best hope when it comes to DUI cases. DO NOT LOOK ELSEWHERE!” — Dimitri, a former DUI client
At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, my goal is to minimize the negative impact of a DWI/DUI charge. I will fight for you. To discuss your case in detail, contact my firm online or by calling 877-676-7729. Consultations are free. My office is in East Brunswick.