First Offense DWI Penalties In NJ – 1st Offense DWI NJ – What are the penalties for first DUI in New Jersey?

Arrested for Your First Drunk Driving Charge in New Jersey?

If you are charged with driving under the influence for the first time in New Jersey, you face severe penalties including up to 30 days in jail. There are two different levels of first offense DWI and the potential consequences get worse the higher your blood alcohol concentration.

The first level of DWI punishment is for BAC levels of 0.08% to 0.10%.  If your blood alcohol concentration is in this range, you face:

  • Fines of $250- $400
  • Jail time of up to 30 days
  • Loss of driver’s license for 3 months
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center for 12-48 hours
  • Ignition Interlock device for 6 months to 1 year

The next level of punishment applies to all BAC levels at or above 0.10% during a first offense.  For these charges you face:

  • Fines of $300 to $500
  • Jail time of up to 30 days
  • Loss of driver’s license for 7 months to 1 year
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center for 12-48 hours
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock device for 6 months to 1 year if BAC is 0.15% or above (in addition to the period of license suspension).

Notice that the fines increase significantly and the period of license suspension does as well if your breath test reading is over 0.10%. Remember, New Jersey does not have temporary or work licenses so if you lose your driving privileges, you lose them for whatever the period of your suspension is. In addition, if you have an out of state license, NJ can only suspend you in New Jersey. However, they may notify your home state and your license may get suspended in your home state once they are aware of your DWI in NJ.  A conviction for a 1st offense DUI also entails mandatory attendance at a state-approved Intoxicated Driver Resource Center.

On top of all of these penalties, first DUI charges result in the following costs and fees:

  • $100 Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund surcharge
  • $50 fee to the Violent Crimes Compensation Board
  • $75 Safe Neighborhood Services Funds surcharge
  • $100 Motor Vehicle Restoration fee
  • $100 for other fees

You cannot take a plea to a lesser offense in a DWI case, so these penalties cannot be reduced by accepting a plea offer. In fact, prosecutors are prohibited from negotiating pleas in DUI cases in New Jersey. In other words, if you can’t beat your case in court, the consequences of being convicted cannot be lessened. Fortunately, there are effective defense strategies that can be used to successfully get your charges dismissed. For more information, be sure to watch our video series on How To Beat DWI Charges and Click Here For More Information On NJ DWI Charges.

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