New Jersey drunk driving laws have become more and more complicated and the penalties are more harsh that ever. The amount of alcohol a person can consume is becoming less and the effort to crack down on DUI's is rising. Most people arrested for drunk driving have never been in trouble with the law before, this will be the first time they were handcuffed, put into the back of a police car, and tried by the state in court.
The DMV and court process is confusing and there is no room for even the slightest error. Knowing the laws, penalties, fees and process is extremely important. The biggest mistake you can make is assuming that you don't need to speak to a lawyer. DUIs are very complex and a lot is at stake. If you plead guilty to a DUI, your guilty. No reducing, no plea bargaining, just guilty. Give your case a change, talk to a lawyer. You can schedule a free, no obligation consultation with an attorney today by calling (877) 678-5640.
New Jersey Laws
The following driving actions are illegal in the State of New Jersey:
- All drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher.
- Under 21 with a BAC of .01 or ANY Detectable Amount of Alcohol
- Commercial Vehicle Driver with a BAC of .04 or higher.
New Jersey Penalties
First Drunk Driving Conviction
The first time you are convicted of drunk driving in New Jersey you will be fined between $250 and $400. Your license will be suspended for up to 3 months and you would face up to 30 days in jail. You will also have to spend a minimum of 6 hours a day for 2 consecutive days in an intoxicated driver resource center. You will also have to pay an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for the following 3 years.
Second Drunk Driving Conviction
The second arrest and conviction for drunk driving in the State of New Jersey will cost you between $500 and $1,000 for the initial fine. You will also be imprisoned for up to 30 days and have your license suspended from 7 months to 1 year. You will also have to spend a minimum of 6 hours a day for 2 consecutive days in an intoxicated driver resource center and pay an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for the following 3 years.
Third Drunk Driving Conviction
The 3rd time you are arrested in New Jersey for drunk driving you will be fined $1,000. Your drivers license will be suspended for 10 years and you will spend 180 days in Jail. You will also be ordered to pay an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for the following 3 years.
All drunk driving arrests also carry the following penalties.
- $100 Surcharge for the drunk driving enforcement fund.
- $100 Motor Vehicle Restoration Fee.
- $100 Violent Crimes Compensation fee.
- $100 Intoxicated Driver Program Fee.
- $100 State and Municipality Fee.
New Jersey Drivers License Issues
The State of New Jersey implied consent law means that all drivers that travel on the roadways of the State consent to submitting a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine if an officer of the law suspects that the driver is intoxicated. If you refuse to submit to this test your drivers license will be suspended for up to 1 year on your first refusal and you will be fined from $250-$500. Your drivers license will be suspended for 2 years for a second refusal and 10 years for a 3rd refusal.
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