What Are The DUI Penalties In NJ?

What Are The DUI Penalties In NJ?

NJ Driver Performing Field Sobriety Tests

NJ Driver Performing Field Sobriety Tests

THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION DEPENDS ON WHETHER YOU ARE CONVICTED OF A FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE.
BRIEF OVERVIEWS OF THE PENALTIES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
FIRST OFFENSE:

  • FINES RANGING BETWEEN $250 AND $400;
  • ENROLLMENT IN THE INTOXICATED DRIVER RESOURCE CENTER (IDRC) FOR 12 TO 48 HOURS;
  • PAY A FINE OF $100 FINE FOR THE IDRC DRIVER  PROGRAM;
  • PAY A FINE OF $50 FOR THE VIOLENT CRIMES COMPENSATION BOARD (VCCB) PENALTY;
  • PAY A FINE OF $75 FOR THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD FUND ASSESSMENT;
  • MAY BE SENTENCED TO UP TO 30 DAYS IN JAIL;
  • A DEFENDANT WILL ALSO LOSE HIS DRIVER’S LICENSE FROM 7 TO 12 MONTHS;
  • IF THE DWI DEFENDANT’S BAC IS 0.15% OR HIGHER HE/SHE MUST ALSO INSTALL AN INTERLOCK DEVICE;
IF A DEFENDANT’S BAC IS LESS THAN .10% HE WILL RECEIVE A THREE MONTH DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION.
Second Offense:

  • FINES RANGING FROM $500 TO $1,000;
  • ORDERED TO COMPLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR A PERIOD OF 30 DAYS;
  • ENROLLMENT IN THE IRDC FOR 12 TO 48 HOURS;
  • PAY A FINE OF $100 TO ATTEND THE IRDC PROGRAM;
  • PAY A FINE OF $50 FOR THE VCCB PENALTY;
  • PAY A FINE OF $75 FOR THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD FUND ASSESSMENT;
  • A DEFENDANT MAY BE SENTENCED TO A JAIL TERM OF UP TO 90 DAYS;
  • LOSS OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES FOR A 2 YEARS;
  • MUST INSTALL AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE FOR 1 TO 3 YEARS.

Third Offense:

  • A $1,000 FINE;
  • ENROLLMENT IN THE IDRC FOR 12 TO 48 HOURS;
  • PAY A FINE OF $100 TO ATTEND THE IRDC PROGRAM;
  • PAY A FINE OF $50 FOR THE VCCB PENALTY;
  • PAY A FINE OF $75 FOR THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD FUND ASSESSMENT;
  • A DEFENDANT WILL BE SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR A TERM OF 180 DAYS;
  • A DEFENDANT WILL ALSO LOSE HIS DRIVING PRIVILEGES IN NEW JERSEY FOR 10 YEARS;  
  • AFTER THE 10 YEARS HAVE PASSED, THE DEFENDANT MUST INSTALL AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE FOR 1 TO 3 YEARS.

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