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If you were pulled over for a DWI over Labor Day weekend, it is crucial that you retain the services of a skilled New Jersey criminal defense attorney that can create a strategy to combat your charges. At McNerney & McAuliffe, we are dedicated to fighting for you and your future.

What will happen if I get a DWI in New Jersey?

New Jersey does not tolerate DWIs and as a result, the consequences of a DWI are harsh even with the first offense. If you were charged with a DWI with a blood alcohol concentration of .08-.09%, you may face the following penalties:

  • License forfeiture until the ignition interlock device is installed
  • Up to 30 days of imprisonment
  • A $250-$400 fine
  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • DWI surcharge of $125
  • $100 surcharge to the Drunk Driving Education Fund
  • $50 to VCCO
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • The mandatory installation and use of the ignition interlock device at your own cost for three months

If your blood alcohol concentration was higher than .10%, you will likely face harsher penalties.

What are the consequences for a second offense DWI in New Jersey?

If you were charged with a second offense DWI, you will likely face the following:

  • License forfeiture for one to two years
  • A $500-$1,000 fine
  • Two to 90 days of imprisonment
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • A DWI surcharge of $125
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Up to 30 days of community service
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center in accordance with treatment classification (usually 48 hours)
  • The installation and use of the ignition interlock device duration of your license suspension and two to four years after the license is restored
  • $50 to VCCO
  • $100 to AERF

Will I go to jail for a third or subsequent DWI charge in New Jersey?

If you have received a third or subsequent DWI charge you will need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney, otherwise you are at risk of the following:

  • An 8-year license forfeiture
  • $1,000 fine
  • Six months in jail
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center in accordance with treatment classification
  • $100 to AERF
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • DWI surcharge of $125
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Up to 90 days of community service
  • $50 to VCCO
  • Ignition Interlock Device during license suspension and for two to four years after the license is restored

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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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