In the USA, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is considered a serious offense. In New Jersey, they are considered to be a single category and carry some of the strictest sentences in the country. As the prosecution pursues them aggressively, it is vital to have experienced, professional representation on your side from a leading DUI and DWI defense lawyer in New Jersey as soon as possible.
What sentences can be carried by a DUI/DWI conviction?
DUI/DWI charges can change according to the exact nature of your specific case, but generally they will include a possible combination of:
- Jail time – Up to 30 days for a first offense, up to 90 days for a second offense and up to 180 days for a third offense.
- Driving license suspension – Between 3 months and a year for a first offense, up to 2 years for a second offense and up to 10 years for a third offense.
- Fines – Between $250-$500 for a first offense, up to $1,000 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense.
In order to determine whether it is a first, second or third offense and therefore determine sentencing, the state applies a lookback period of 10 years. Additional penalties may include community service and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device.
DUI/DWI charges and implied consent
In order to determine if you are over the legal blood alcohol content limit, the authorities have to perform a blood test – which you can refuse. However, New Jersey has an implied consent law which means that an automatic fine and license suspension will occur in the event of your refusal. This is subject to change, but currently stands at 7 months suspension for a first time offense, 2 years for a second time offense and 10 years for a third time offense.
Don’t let these charges ruin your life – Speak to a NJ DUI or DWI defense lawyer today
If you have been charged with an offense, no matter how minor, you can benefit from effective legal representation. Dennis Calo, a former prosecutor, offers over 40 years of experience and insight into both sides of the legal system to build a strong and robust defense for each of his valued clients.
If you want an experienced defense lawyer that you can trust to defend your DUI or DWI professionally and aggressively, contact our criminal defense law firm today and find out how Dennis Calo can help you.
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