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The Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver

Hudson County

Criminal Defense Lawyer

"We have successfully defended our clients against thousands of Criminal, DWI, and Municipal Court charges throughout Hudson County and New Jersey."

- William A. Proetta, Esq.

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New Jersey DWI Penalties

Every state across the country treats DWI charges differently. In New Jersey, DUI charges are considered motor vehicle violations as opposed to criminal charges like most surrounding states. However, do not start celebrating just yet – New Jersey has some of the strictest DWI penalties in the entire country. This is because a first offense DWI in New Jersey carries a mandatory suspension of your driving privileges for upwards of 1 year. Unlike other states, New Jersey does not offer a work license or “hardship” license – one year means one year. And don’t get caught driving while suspended for your DWI because that will result in mandatory jail time or even fourth degree indictable charge depending on the circumstances. To make matters worse, the suspension is normally accompanied by an interlock device, community service, thousands in fines, and even incarceration. Furthermore, New Jersey does not allow for any jury trials on DWI cases and prohibits the prosecutor from plea bargaining DWI and Refusal charges. This means the only way to beat or downgrade a DUI charge is to aggressively challenge the state’s case against you that they cannot prove certain elements of the charged offense. Please see the following chart to get an idea of what New Jersey DWI and Refusal penalties entail:    

First DUI Offense 

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

License Suspension

Fines and Assessments

Prison Term

.08% – .99%

Three (3) Months

$805- $1005 plus $1000/ year surcharge (for 3 years)

Up to 30 days

.10% and higher

Seven (7) Months

$755- $905 plus $1000/ year surcharge (for 3 years)

Up to 30 days

 Second DUI Offense

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

License Suspension

Fines and Assessments

Prison Term

.08% and higher

Two (2) Years

$1,055- $1,555 plus $1000/ year surcharge (for 3 years)

48 hours- 90 days

Third DUI Offense (within 10 years of 2nd offense)

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

License Suspension

Fines and Assessments

Prison Term

.08% and higher

Ten (10) Years

$1,555 plus $1,500/ year surcharge

(for 3 years)

180 days

 

 

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