Many of us know someone who has been charged with a DUI. It seems as if a new celebrity is being charged with a DUI every day. With the frequency of DUI charges, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may appear to be a routine, everyday activity. However, facing the penalties that are bound to follow a DUI is anything but routine.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime and the State of New Jersey has chosen to prosecute it as such. Therefore, a person that is convicted of a DUI faces multiple penalties ? including monetary fines and fees, jail time, suspension of a driver’s license, community service, and more. The severity of each of these penalties depends on the individual circumstances of the arrest.
A driver who has been charged with a first DUI and has a BAC between 0.08% and 0.10% can face:
Suspension of driver’s license for three months
Fines ranging from $250-400
$1,000/year insurance surcharge for three years
Up to 30 days in prison
12–48 hours of DUI classes
A first-time offender who has a BAC of 0.10% or above faces the same penalties, except license suspension is increased to seven to 12 months and fines are increased to $300–500. In addition, if a driver is found with a BAC of 0.15% or greater, he or she faces a potential installation of an ignition interlock device in the vehicle during the license suspension and for six to 12 months following restoration. Multiple offenders face even steeper charges and a laundry list of penalties, depending upon the number of their DUI offenses and the interlude between the offenses.
Posted in Criminal Defense
Tagged drunk driving, DUI, NJ criminal defense, suspended license