LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Kenneth Albert Vercammen | Jul 26, 2016

DWI Penalties

A person who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above is considered to be driving under the influence. A person may also be found to be driving under the influence through officer observation or other evidence. First Offense - BAC 0.08% but less than 0.10% or no reading • 3 months driving privilege suspension • $250-$400 fine • 12-48 hours at intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC) • Maximum 30 days imprisonment $230 IDRC fee $100 to drunk driving fund $100 to AERF $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund plus court costs First Offense - BAC 0.10% or higher • 7 months to 1 year driving privilege suspension • $300-$500 fine • 12-48 hours IDRC • 30 days maximum imprisonment* $230 IDRC fee $100 to drunk driving fund $100 to AERF $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund plus court costs Car Interlock Machine: First Offense, DWI w/BAC level below 0.15% or no reading, Court may impose • 6 months – 1-year installation of interlock device after restoration of driving privileges First Offense, DUI w/BAC level 0.15% or above and 1st refusal convictions, Court shall impose • installation of interlock device required during the term of suspension and • 6 months - 1 year installation of interlock device after restoration of driving privileges

In addition to the court imposed fines and penalties, anyone convicted of DUI or chemical test refusal is subject to: • an insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years ($3,000) for the first and second conviction within a three- year period. Plus 9 points on your car insurance http://www.njlaws.com/driving_under_influence_dui.htm

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