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Updated DWI Penalties for First-Time Offenders in NJ

A new drunk driving law in New Jersey has been in effect since December 1, 2019. Not only has the legislation eliminated driver’s license suspensions for several first DUI/DWI offenses, but it has also reduced suspension periods for second and subsequent convictions. 

The following is a breakdown of the updated DWI penalties for first-time offenders in NJ:

  • First Tier (Blood alcohol content [BAC] of .08 percent but less than .10 percent)

    • Maximum jail sentence of 30 days

    • License suspension until you install an ignition interlock device (IID) 

    • IID installation for up to three months 

    • A fine between $250 and $400 

    • Other financial assessments: $75 for SNSF and $50 for VCCO 

    • Other financial surcharges: $125 for DWI Surcharge, $100 for DDEF Surcharge, and $1,000 per year for three years for MVC Surcharge 

    • Between 12 and 48 hours at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) approved rehabilitation facility 

  • Second Tier (BAC of .10 percent but less than .15 percent)

    • Maximum jail sentence of 30 days

    • License suspension until you install an ignition interlock device (IID)

    • IID period between seven months to one year

    • A fine between $300 and $500 

    • Other financial assessments: $75 for SNSF and $50 for VCCO 

    • Other financial surcharges: $125 for DWI Surcharge, $100 for DDEF Surcharge, and $1,000 per year for three years for MVC Surcharge 

    • Between 12 and 48 hours at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) approved rehabilitation facility 

  • Third Tier (BAC of .15 or higher) 

    • Maximum jail sentence of 30 days 

    • Driver’s license suspension between four and six months 

    • Mandatory IID installation during license suspension and maintain IID between nine and 15 months after license reinstatement. 

    • A fine between $300 and $500 

    • Other financial assessments: $75 for SNSF and $50 for VCCO 

    • Other financial surcharges: $125 for DWI Surcharge, $100 for DDEF Surcharge, and $1,000 per year for three years for MVC Surcharge 

    • Between 12 and 48 hours at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) approved rehabilitation facility 

When it comes to first DWI offenses involving drugs, a conviction will result in mandatory driver’s license forfeiture between seven months and one year. Driver’s license suspension for a second DWI conviction is now between one year and two years, rather than only two years. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DWI in Hackensack or Bergen County, contact the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC today at (201) 254-8484 for a free initial consultation. Let a skilled attorney with over 15 years of legal experience protect your rights and freedom. 

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