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If you were pulled over for driving while intoxicated over the Fourth of July, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Read on to learn more about DWI charges in New Jersey.

What Happens if I am Charged with a DWI in New Jersey?

If you are pulled over for driving while intoxicated and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is between .08-.09%, you will likely face the following charges:

  • The mandatory installation and use of the ignition interlock device, at your own cost
  • A 30-day license suspension
  • Additional fines and fees
  • Increased insurance premiums

If your BAC is .10% or higher, you will likely face increased penalties.

What are the Penalties for a Second DWI?

If you are charged with a second DWI, you will be treated as a repeat offender. This may result in harsher penalties, including:

  • A 2-year license forfeiture
  • A potential $1,000 fine, as well as an additional 3-year surcharge of $1,000 per year
  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • You will have to install the ignition interlock device for the duration of your license suspension, as well as between 1-3 years after
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • $100 to AERF
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Up to 30 days of community service

What are the Penalties for a Third DWI?

A third DWI can have life-altering consequences. This may include:

  • A 10-year license suspension
  • A fine of up to $1,000 as well as an additional 3-year surcharge of $1000 per year
  • $100 to AERF
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • You may have to participate in up to 90 days of community service
  • You will most likely have to spend between 12-48 hours in the IDRC
  • You will have to use the Ignition Interlock Device during your license suspension and 1-3 years afterward

If you are facing DWI charges in New Jersey, you will need to retain the services of a dedicated criminal defense attorney. Our firm will explore all possible avenues of defense. Reach out today to speak with a skilled attorney.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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