Consequences of a DWI/DUI Conviction in New Jersey
Penalties for a First Time DUI
- Loss of your driving privileges for 3 months.
- At least twelve hours of jail time and no more 30 days.
- Between $250 and $400 in fines.
- A $1,000 annual automobile insurance surcharge for three years.
- Other fees and surcharges in excess of $525.
- Possible Ignition Interlock requirement for six to twelve months.
- Alcohol/substance abuse assessment.
- Two days of 6-hour mandatory alcohol classes at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC).
- A DWI conviction with a BAC of 0.10% or higher comes with higher fines and a longer license suspension for first time offenders.
- Forfeiture of your driving privileges for at least seven months and no longer than one year.
- Between $300 and $500 in fines.
- Additional penalties as identified above.
A first time DWI conviction is extremely costly. There are several surcharges and associated expenses.
|Drunk driving enforcement fund surcharge
|$0 – $33
|Safe Neighborhood Services Funds surcharge
|$0 – $20
|Alcohol Education, Rehabilitation & Enforcement Fund
|Intoxicated Driver Resource Center per diem fees
|$75 per diem
|DL Restoration Fee
|Merit Rating Plan Surcharge
|Merit Rating Plan Point assessment
|$525 – $675
For professional drivers or those who rely on their vehicle to commute, a prolonged suspension of driving privileges can have devastating consequences, potentially resulting in job loss and financial hardship. Additionally, holders of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) face even harsher penalties – a first-time offense can result in a one-year suspension of their CDL, while a second offense leads to permanent revocation.
Facing a DUI conviction in New Jersey can be a daunting prospect, but with our help, you can protect your rights, minimize the impact of the charges, and move forward with your life. Call The Law Office of Gina M. Wicik for a free case evaluation at 516-253-04278
The Role of a New Jersey DWI/DUI Attorney
A skilled New Jersey DUI attorney can assess your case, navigate the legal system and provide the best possible defense for your situation. Their expertise and knowledge of the intricacies of DUI laws make them invaluable in helping you protect your rights and achieve the most favorable outcome possible. The Law Office of Gina M. Wicik is well-equipped to handle the complexities of your case. By enlisting our help, you can ensure that your case is thoroughly examined, any potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence are identified, and a strong defense strategy is developed. This can be instrumental in successfully contesting charges and minimizing the potential consequences of a conviction.
Defending Against DWI/DUI Charges
Defending against DUI charges requires a thorough examination of the case, including questioning the conduct of law enforcement officers and analyzing the accuracy of test results. A skilled attorney like Gina M Wicik can use their experience in DUI defense to identify any potential issues with the evidence presented against you, as well as develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation.
For example, if the officer who conducted the field sobriety tests was not properly trained or failed to follow the correct procedures, the results of those tests may be called into question. Similarly, if the breathalyzer device used to measure your BAC was not properly calibrated or maintained, its results may not accurately reflect your level of intoxication.
By challenging the validity of the tests and the conduct of the police officers involved in your arrest, a skilled attorney can help you build a strong defense against DUI charges. This comprehensive approach to your case can significantly increase your chances of avoiding a conviction or minimizing the potential consequences.
Remember, facing a DUI charge doesn’t have to mean the end of your life as you know it. With the right legal representation, you can protect your rights, minimize the impact of the charges, and move forward with confidence. Don’t let a single mistake define your future – Contact The Law Office of Gina M. Wicik for a free case evaluation at 516-253-04278
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