New Jersey’s laws regarding driving under the influence (DUI) are serious. If you’re pulled over for a suspected DUI on a New Jersey highway, such as the Atlantic City Expressway or the New Jersey Turnpike, you could end up facing enhanced penalties. While a DUI charge remains the same no matter what kind of road you’re driving on, you can face enhanced penalties related to attendant charges if you’re stopped on a highway.
Highways see more high-speed traffic and, therefore, see more high-speed violations than surface roads. Highway driving is often associated with more dangerous – and even more deadly – accidents. For these reasons, DUI charges associated with highway driving often come with enhanced penalties.
Enhanced DUI Penalties
A DUI’s attendant penalties are calibrated according to specific parameters that relate to whether it’s your first offense and to how much alcohol you’ve consumed. For instance, if you reach the DUI blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 percent and it’s your first offense, you are looking at up to a 30-day jail stay, a $250 to $400 fine, license suspension of up to three months, and other possible penalties. As your BAC increases, so do the financial and license-suspension penalties. With a second DUI, the fines and suspension increase significantly and you face imprisonment of at least 48 hours and of up to 90 days. The enhanced penalties escalate from here.
DUI on the Highway
If you’re stopped for suspected DUI on the highway, you’ll probably face ancillary charges. To pull you over in the first place, the police are generally looking for signs that indicate you could be driving under the influence. These signs are varied and they’re usually associated with their own New Jersey traffic offenses:
- Driving outside your lane;
- Driving off the road’s surface;
- Driving recklessly;
- Causing an accident; and
- Leaving the scene of an accident.
If you hit someone or their vehicle while driving under the influence, it becomes vehicular assault. If you also cause injury, it becomes a fourth-degree crime; if you cause serious injury, it becomes a third-degree crime.
Driving Under the Influence on the Highway
Driving under the influence is never a good idea. If you take to the highway while under the influence, the consequences can increase exponentially. Driving under the influence at highway speeds is an extremely dangerous proposition. Everyone, however, makes mistakes; if you’ve been charged with a highway DUI, you need experienced legal counsel.
If You’re Facing a DUI in New Jersey, call 732-238-8686 Today for More Information
If you or someone you care about is facing a DUI, David C. Barry, Attorney at Law, can help. Attorney David C. Barry understands that your case is too important to leave to chance, and he encourages you to retain an experienced DUI lawyer. David will ensure that you understand your rights and will help you defend those rights for your best possible outcome. If you’re in need of a skilled legal advocate, contact David today at 732-238-8686.