What qualifies as DWI in New Jersey?

In the state of New Jersey, individuals driving under the influence of alcohol can face consequences for this action. Alcohol has the ability to impair motor skills, which can greatly affect someone’s ability to drive. They may not even be able to walk in a straight line, showing how much control alcohol has over the body. There are strict penalties for those who have been caught driving while intoxicated. The seriousness of this offense can be seen through the harsh consequences that can follow this offense. For those who are 21 years of age or older, their blood alcohol content cannot exceed 0.08%. Some people may believe they are not impaired and can drive, but after taking a breathalyzer test, it can prove that your blood alcohol content provides evidence of intoxication and impairment of your judgment. Those who are under the legal drinking age of 21 years old are not allowed to exhibit blood alcohol content due to their underage status. If you find that you are charged with a DWI, you should seek legal counsel to provide the proper representation to protect you.

What consequences can I face?

Drivers who are caught under the influence of alcohol can face a variety of consequences. This may include multiple fines, incarceration and license suspension. Offenders may also be required to spend a certain number of hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. If the number of offenses increases, there may be an increase in fines, jail time and license suspension. Those who are found with a blood alcohol content level that is over 0.10% upon arrest can face even greater consequences. This applies to those who are only facing a first offense, too. Due to the increased level of intoxication, the consequences are greater.

When drivers are caught with a blood alcohol content level that is over 0.15%, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any car they drive during the license suspension and for six to 12 months after the suspension. The installation cost is on the individual to pay for themselves. If drivers continue to be caught driving under the influence, penalties continue to grow more life-altering. Being caught driving under the influence within 10 years of your first conviction can lead to greater penalties and consequences. By being caught a third time within 10 years of your second conviction, you may face growing consequences. This may include up to 180 days in jail and license suspension for 10 years.

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