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Penalties for DWI in New Jersey

Bergen County DUI Lawyers with Offices in Hackensack, NJ


If you or a loved one has been charged with an alcohol related offense in New Jersey, contact an experienced DWI defense lawyer for immediate assistance. The Tormey Law Firm is an impressive trial team of criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorneys who have been representing clients throughout New Jersey for years charged with alcohol related offenses including refusal to submit to a breath test, driving under the influence of drugs, and DWI in a school zone in Mahwah, Fort Lee, and Garfield. In fact, Mr. Tormey is one of the few New Jersey attorneys who are certified Alcotest 7110 operators, the breath testing device used throughout the state to prosecute drunk driving cases. As a result, Mr. Tormey knows the components of the machine, how it works, and if there are any issues with the functioning of the breath testing device. This knowledge and expertise can be used to attack the reliability of the breath test result in your case. With offices conveniently located in Hackensack, our attorneys are available immediately to assist you at (201)-330-4979. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge. Also, check out Mr. Tormey’s in-depth video series about DWI charges in New Jersey on YouTube.

Penalties for First Offense DWI in New Jersey

There are several categories or tiers of penalties for first offense DWI in New Jersey. The legal limit is .08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). The first category is the lesser of the two for a BAC between .08% and .10%. The second category is for a BAC of .10% to .15%. The third category entails a BAC of .15% or higher.

.08% to .10% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC):

•· Fines of $250- $400

•· Jail time of up to 30 days

•· Loss of driver’s license for 30 days

•· IDRC for 12-48 hours

•· Interlock device for 3 months to 6 months

.10% to less than 0.15% BAC:

•· Fines of $300 to $500

•· Jail time of up to 30 days

•· Loss of driver’s license for 45 days

•· IDRC for 12-48 hours

•· Interlock device for 6 months to 1 year

BAC at or above .15%:

•· Fines of $300 to $500

•· Jail time of up to 30 days

•· Loss of driver’s license for 90 days

•· IDRC for 12-48 hours

•· Interlock device for 1 year to 18 months

Penalties for Second Offense DWI in New Jersey

The penalties for a second offense are higher than a first offense, and there is no disparity of penalties for different levels of BAC.

.08% and above BAC:

•· Fines of $500 to $1,000

•· Jail time of up to 90 days

•· Loss of driver’s license for two (2) years

•· IDRC for 48 hours

•· Community service for 30 days

•· Mandatory interlock device for 1 to 3 years (in addition to period of license suspension)

Penalties for Third Offense DWI in New Jersey

.08% BAC and above:

•· Fines totaling $1,000

•· Jail time for 180 days

•· Loss of driver’s license for ten (10) years

•· IDRC is determined on a case-by-case basis

•· Mandatory interlock device for 1 to 3 years (in addition to the period of license suspension)

Call the Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack, NJ to Discuss Your DWI Case 

For additional information about your DWI charges in New Jersey, contact the offices of The Tormey Law Firm anytime at (201)-330-4979, or use our online contact form. Our Hackensack office is conveniently located in the heart of Bergen County, just steps from the Hackensack Municipal Court and Bergen County Superior Court. One of our drunk-driving defense attorneys will be happy to discuss your case over the phone or to schedule an appointment to meet with you in person.

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