First DWI Conviction - N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a)

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New Jersey DWI sentencing can be quite severe. Of course, the overall idea for the severity of penalties is the hope that it will deter future drunk driving. To avoid the harshest penalties on your first DWI conviction in New Jersey our advice is to seek out an experienced attorney that can help you through the process.

The penalties for DWI in New Jersey are structured in accordance with the number of prior convictions one has had and the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC). Sometimes other factors will be considered by the judge in determining your sentence upon a DWI conviction. The penalties for a first-time DWI conviction in New Jersey are as follows:

Penalties For First DWI Conviction In New Jersey With BAC 0.08%-0.09%

  • 3 months driving privilege suspension
  • $250-$400 fine
  • 12-48 hours at intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)
  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • Insurance surcharge of $1,000/year for 3 years
  • $100 DUI enforcement surcharge
  • 6 months – 1 year installation of ignition interlock device after restoration of driving privileges

Penalties For First Offense DWI With BAC 0.10%-0.14%

  • 7 months to 1 year driving privilege suspension
  • $300-$500 fine
  • 12-48 hours at intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)
  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • Insurance surcharge of $1,000/year for 3 years
  • $100 DUI enforcement surcharge
  • 6 months – 1 year installation of ignition interlock device after restoration of driving privileges (at judge's discretion)

Penalties For First Offense DWI With BAC 0.15% Or Higher

  • 7 months to 1 year driving privilege suspension
  • $300-$500 fine
  • 12-48 hours at intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)
  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • Insurance surcharge of $1,000/year for 3 years
  • $100 DUI enforcement surcharge
  • Required installation of ignition interlock device during suspension and for 6 months – 1 year after restoration of driving privileges

First Offense DWI Penalties In New Jersey While Driving In A School Zone - N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(g)

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The penalties for similar DWI convictions that occur within 1,000 feet of a school zone are increased. Additionally, a person under the legal drinking age of 21 found guilty of driving under the influence will face slightly different consequences than a defendant over the age of 21. It is important to speak with a New Jersey DWI attorney about the circumstances of your DWI arrest, as the penalties may be affected.

Hire A DWI Lawyer Before Arraignment Of First DWI Charge In New Jersey

There are many strategies experienced New Jersey attorneys might use to provide you with the aggressive defense needed to protect you from a first DWI conviction. The attorneys at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey are trained in field sobriety testing and the use of New Jersey's Alcotest® breathalyzer device used in DWI arrests. 


Call 732-965-3999 to speak to the attorney's at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. today and receive a FREE consultation on your first DWI charge in Ocean County or Monmouth County New Jersey.

Act Now Before It's Too Late!

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Mistakes happen all of the time. If a mistake was made by the police or the New Jersey prosecution it should not hurt you and your family. Our experienced NJ DWI Defense Lawyers at Villani & DeLuca regularly protect the legal rights of people who have been charged with DWI / DUI or breath test refusal. This traffic offense carries the possibility of jail time and costly fines in New Jersey. The stakes are too high and the possible effects can last for years. A strong legal defense can often convince the courts to have your drunk driving charges dismissed or reduced so don't risk your future by trying to defend yourself against a DUI! Contact Villani & Deluca today for a FREE case evaluation on all your pending drunk driving charges.

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