In the state of New Jersey, officials are strict on those who have been charged and found guilty of driving while intoxicated. The seriousness of this offense can be seen through the harsh consequences that can follow the charge. Drivers that are 21 years of age or older, cannot have their blood alcohol content exceed 0.08%. If it rises above this level, they can be held accountable for DWI. Some people may believe they are not impaired and are able to drive. However, a breathalyzer test may prove that your blood alcohol content provides evidence of intoxication and impairment of your motor skills, which greatly affect your ability to safely drive a motor vehicle. Those who are under the legal drinking age of 21 years old should not exhibit a blood alcohol content since they are not legally able to consume alcohol in the country. If you find that you are charged with a DWI, you should seek legal counsel to provide the proper representation to protect you against any repercussions.
Drivers who are caught under the influence of alcohol can face a variety of consequences based on their number of offenses and how high their BAC is determined to be. Their penalties may include multiple fines, incarceration and license suspension. These offenders may also be required to spend a certain number of hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. If the number of offenses increases, there may be an increase in fines, jail time and license suspension.
If drivers are found with an increased BAC, they can face harsher penalties. If their blood alcohol content is over 0.10% upon arrest, they are exhibiting more signs of impairment due to an excess of alcohol. This can cause them to face even greater consequences for their actions, which can apply to those who are only facing a first DWI offense as well. When drivers are caught with a blood alcohol content that is over 0.15%, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any car they drive during the license suspension and for six to 12 months after the suspension. The installation cost is on the individual to pay for themselves. If drivers continue to be caught driving under the influence, penalties continue to grow more life-altering. Being caught driving under the influence within 10 years of your first conviction can lead to greater penalties and consequences. By being caught a third time within 10 years of your second conviction, you may face growing consequences. This may include up to 180 days in jail and license suspension for 10 years.