What is a Drug DWI?

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DWIs are not limited to alcohol-related offenses. If you are someone who has been caught driving under the influence of drugs, you may be in serious trouble. Fortunately, our firm believes that people deserve second chances, and we are here to help. If you are facing a drug DWI charge in the state of New Jersey, here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens if I am convicted of a drug DWI in New Jersey?

Do not think that the New Jersey courts are going to let you off easy just because this is your first offense. Make no mistake–you need an attorney by your side. If convicted of a drug DWI in New Jersey, you may face the following penalties:

  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • A 7 to 12-month-long license suspension
  • A $1,000 surcharge every year for 3 years
  • A $300-$500 fine
  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center and applicable fees
  • A $75 Neighborhood Services Fund fee
  • Installation and use of an ignition interlock device
  • A $100 fee for the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
  • A $100 Drunk Driving Fund fee

What are the consequences of a second-offense drug DWI?

If this is your second drug DWI offense in New Jersey, you will now be seen as a repeat offender and will face an even more hostile courtroom this time around. You may face the following penalties:

  • A $500-$1000 fine
  • At least 48 hours but no more than 90 days of jail time
  • 30 days of mandatory community service, though if the offense took place in a school zone, 60 days
  • A 2-year driver’s license suspension
  • Installation and use of an ignition interlock device for 1-3 years after your license is restored
  • Additional fines

What are the penalties for a third or subsequent drug DWI in New Jersey?

If this is your third or subsequent drug DWI offense, your future is on the line. You must contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can. Here are the potential consequences of a third or subsequent drug DWI in New Jersey:

  • A $1000 fine
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • 10-year license suspension
  • Additional fines
  • Mandatory participation in the Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center
  • Mandatory installation and use of an Ignition Interlock Device

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Our firm proudly represents clients in New Jersey who are faced with matters of family law, criminal defense, business law, real estate law, or estate planning. If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, please do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.