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If you are convicted of DUI in New Jersey, you can face numerous penalties with the potential to impact all aspects of your daily life. New Jersey’s DUI penalties increase for repeat offenders, and various other factors (such as driving under the influence in a school zone or with a BAC of 0.10 percent or greater) can result in enhanced penalties for a DUI conviction in Freehold, NJ as well.
The standard penalties for DUI convictions in New Jersey are as follows:
All DUI convictions carry fines in New Jersey. These fines are in addition to various other costs and fees. The fines that can be imposed for DUI offenses in New Jersey include:
If you are convicted of driving under the influence in New Jersey, you can be required to pay a state-imposed insurance surcharge each year for three years:
DUI convictions carry mandatory driver’s license suspensions in New Jersey. If you are convicted of DUI, your license can be suspended for:
If you are convicted of DUI in New Jersey, the judge can sentence you to jail. Incarceration for a first-time offense is subject to the judge’s discretion, while New Jersey law imposes minimum periods of incarceration for second and subsequent offenses:
An ignition interlock device (IID) is an electronic device that requires you to blow a BAC below the legal limit before you will be able to start your car, truck or SUV. The possible IID sentences for DUI convictions in New Jersey are:
Drivers convicted of DUI in New Jersey can also be required to undergo training, screening and evaluation at one of the state’s Intoxicated Driver’s Resource Centers (IRDC):
What About Breath Test Refusals?
Are you required to submit to a breath test if the police pull you over on suspicion of DUI? In New Jersey, the answer is “Yes,” as long as your traffic stop is lawful and the arresting officer follows the necessary procedures for administering the breathalyzer.
What happens if you refused? Under New Jersey’s implied consent law, if you refused a breath test during your traffic stop, you can face a “refusal” charge in addition to being charged with DUI. Since this is a separate charge, you can be convicted of refusal even if you were not driving under the influence at the time of your arrest.
Similar to the penalties for DUI, the penalties for violating New Jersey’s implied consent law vary depending upon whether you are facing charges for a first, second, or third or subsequent offense:
If you have been charged with refusing a breath test in a school zone, you are facing enhanced penalties (the same is true for your DUI). These penalties are:
While every case is unique, there are a number of potential defenses to breath test refusal charges in New Jersey. Depending upon the facts of your case, our attorneys may be able to assert defenses including:
If you refused a breath test during a DUI traffic stop in Freehold, it is important that you discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.
For more information about the penalties you are facing and the defenses you may have available, we encourage you to contact us promptly. To schedule a consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney in Freehold, NJ, please call 1-877-435-6371 or inquire online now.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.