What Happens If I’m Convicted of a DUI in NJ?
If you’re convicted of a DUI in NJ, you face the following penalties;
If it’s your first offense, some of the penalties are going to be determined by the judge as they take into account the severity of your case and BAC level when arrested. You face a possible 30 days in jail, can lose your driving license for 3-12 months, you will have to pay between $250-$500 in fines, plus some other costs.
For a second offense, you will have to serve a minimum of 2 days in jail with a possible 90-day stretch, your license will be taken away for 2 years, you will have to pay between $500-$1,000 in fines plus other costs, and serve 30 days of community service.
For a third offense, you will have to serve a mandatory 180 days in jail, you’ll lose your license for 10 years, and you face fines of $1,000 plus other costs, and will serve 90 days of community service.
If you’re convicted again after a third offense the guidelines for the third offense are used along with taking into account the individual circumstances of your case when determining your sentence.
While a lot of the penalties are mandatory and there isn’t much room for flexibility. Regardless of whether it’s your first, second, or more time being arrested for a DUI, there are some other penalties such as an Ignition Interlock Device and extra costs depending on your BAC level and the severity of your case.