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UPDATE: Mr. Barry has been recognized by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys as one of the 2017 Best Attorneys for client satisfaction.

Let me start with the conclusion:

10 BEST DUI

Even a first DWI conviction will cost you a lot. A fairly typical cost for just pleading guilty, without an attorney, is $3,685. Add another $3,000 in what your insurance company will surcharge you over the next several years and your increased insurance costs thereafter. You’re up to $6,685, and probably a good deal more. Then add in other very real “costs” you might encounter: the possibility of jail time, time spent away from work attending the Court-ordered Intoxicated Driver’s Resource Center, the costs of installing and maintaining an ignition interlock device, the difficulty of getting to and from work without a driver’s license, the strain on your marriage and other relationships, the impact on your job, your reputation, etc.

Attorney David C. Barry believes that these stakes are just too high for you to plead guilty right out of the box. His strong recommendation is to consult with and retain an experienced DWI/ DUI attorney who will fight for you. One that will preserve your rights, analyze your case, evaluate the State’s discovery, make appropriate motions, and when warranted, try the case. David Barry is that attorney! If you’d like to discuss your case, call David Today at (732) 204-7387.

Penalties for a 1st offense DWI/DUI (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50)

If the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is greater than .08% but less than .10%:

  • 3 month loss of license;
  • up to $400 in fines, about $600 in other fees and a $3,000 surcharge;
  • a prison term of up to 30 days, and
  • 12 to 48 hours at an Intoxicated Drivers’ Resource Center

If the BAC is .10% or greater:

  • loss of your driver’s license from 7 months to one year;
  • up to $500 in fines, $600 or so in other fees and a $3,000 surcharge;
  • a prison term of up to 30 days, and
  • 12 to 48 hours at an Intoxicated Drivers’ Resource Center
  • possible installation of an ignition interlock device

*Note that this does not include: the costs of towing and impounding your vehicle (possibly additional hundreds of dollars); the cost of court-ordered alcohol education classes; the impact of the nine insurance eligibility points you will receive on your automobile insurance (ranging from being dropped to an increase in your premiums from many hundreds to thousands of dollars each year); the costs of taking public transportation and/or hiring someone to drive you to work and elsewhere; the possible impact on your job or career and your relationships with loved ones.

Penalties for a 2nd offense DWI/DUI

If the 2nd offense occurs within 10 years of a 1st offense:

  • a 2 year loss of license;
  • up to $1,000 in fines, about $600 in other fees and a $3,000 surcharge;
  • a prison term of up to 90 days;
  • community service of 30 days, and
  • between 12 and 48 hours at an Intoxicated Drivers’ Resource Center
  • installation of an ignition interlock device

*Note that this does not include: the costs of towing and impounding your vehicle (possibly additional hundreds of dollars); the impact of the nine insurance eligibility points you will receive on your automobile insurance (ranging from being dropped to an increase in your premiums from many hundreds to thousands of dollars each year); the costs of taking public transportation and/or hiring someone to drive you to work and elsewhere; the possible impact on your job or career and your relationships with loved ones.

Penalties for a 3rd offense DWI/DUI

If the 3rd offense occurs within 10 years of the 2nd offense:

  • a 10 year loss of license;
  • $1,000 in fines, about $600 in other fees and a $4,500 surcharge;
  • a prison term of 180 days;
  • up to 90 days community service, and
  • 12 to 48 hours at an Intoxicated Drivers’ Resource Center
  • installation of an ignition interlock device

*Note that this does not include: the costs of towing and impounding your vehicle (possibly additional hundreds of dollars); the impact of the nine insurance eligibility points you will receive on your automobile insurance (ranging from being dropped to an increase in your premiums from many hundreds to thousands of dollars each year); the costs of taking public transportation and/or hiring someone to drive you to work and elsewhere; the possible impact on your job or career and your relationships with loved ones.

What about Ignition Interlock Devices?

The Court will require first time DWI/DUI offenders with BAC Readings of .15 and all repeat DWI/DUI offenders to install and use an Ignition Interlock Device. A driver has to blow into the device in order to start his/her vehicle. It won’t start if the driver’s BAC exceeds the specified alcohol set-point. Note that this penalty is in addition to the other penalties provided for in the other DWI or DUI statutes:

For a 1st offense: the Court has the discretion to order the installation of the interlock device for 6 months to 1 year as a condition of restoration of driving privileges;

For a 2nd or subsequent offense: the Court has the discretion to order the installation of the interlock device for 1 year to 3 years as a condition of restoration of driving privileges.
If you are sentenced to have an interlock, you must present proof of installation in person at a MVC Regional Service Center in order to have your New Jersey driving privilege restored.

What if I’m charged with drinking alcohol while driving/riding?

If it’s a 1st offense: you’ll get a $200 fine.

If it’s a 2nd offense: you’ll get a $250 fine and 10 days community service.

What if I’m found guilty of driving while suspended for DWI/DUI?

Driving While Suspended for DWI/DUI carries SERIOUS consequences! You will lose your license for 1 to 2 years in addition to the period of license suspension for the DWI/DUI (your registration will also be suspended for the same period); a $500 fine and a $750 surcharge; and a prison term of 10 days to 90 days. Read more about Driving While Suspended and how Attorney David C. Barry can help you by clicking here.