A New Jersey DWI conviction carries some serious penalties, including: fines, jail time, probation, drug and alcohol education classes, drivers’ license suspension and community service. For many, jail is the most devastating aspect of the punishment not only because of the location but also because time spent in jail means time spent away from work. With many DWIs costing any individual thousands of dollars (if not more), serving time in jail is something many offenders simply cannot afford to do. New Jersey DWI jail alternatives exist not only to punish an offender for bad behavior but also to help limit the lasting impact a jail sentence may otherwise have on an individual’s professional or personal life.
House arrest (via electronic monitoring programs), weekend jails and hour for hour exchanges are not viable options for third-time DUI offenders. For those individuals who have 180 days mandatory jail time, it is possible to reduce the length of the time spent in jail by 90 days and fulfill the rest of the term in an in-patient rehabilitation center approved by the NJ IDRC — a jail alternative that also gives the offender a chance to address any issues he or she may have with drugs or alcohol. Another alternative to jail in New Jersey is to participate in the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) in which DWI offenders serve “jail time” by working in designated facilities and community service projects. This alternative is not available to third-time DWI offenders.
Of course, whether any type of New Jersey jail alternative is available or not will depend on the specifics of your case, your DWI history, your criminal record and the judge in your case. For many, a jail alternative is what an offender needs to stay afloat during this difficult time, because it provides an opportunity to still make money for his living. Working with an experienced New Jersey DWI attorney can help get you the jail alternatives you want in your case, or better, get the charges against you dismissed. New Jersey DWI cases are very complicated; get in touch with the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, today.
I know that a DWI charge can be a very scary thing. Not only do the direct penalties attached to a conviction greatly affect your life, but so does the secondary consequences. With over 25 years of experience, and my work as both a DWI prosecutor and DWI public defender, I know every angle there is to take when it comes to New Jersey alcohol-related offenses. I have successfully had DWI cases dismissed or reduced and have the experience you want on your side! If there is a jail alternative available in your case, I will make every effort to get the best possible situation in place for you and limit the impact a DWI will have on you and your family. If you are dealing with a New Jersey DWI charge, give me a call today. I am here to help and available seven days a week. I look forward to speaking with you!