New Jersey has recently made a major change in its DWI laws, set to take effect on December 1, 2019. If you are someone who has been charged with a DWI, or are just curious to learn more about the change, please read on.
New Jersey has now changed the law by reducing the first-offense license suspension penalty, and replacing it with a mandatory ignition interlock device installation: If this is your first-offense DWI with a blood alcohol content between .08% and 0.10%, you may face the following consequences:
However, blood alcohol content has a significant impact on the penalties you face, so if you were arrested with a blood alcohol content between 0.10% and 0.15%, you will face a license suspension of 45 days and will have to install and use an ignition interlock device for 6 months to a year. If you are pulled over and have a blood alcohol content over 0.15%, you must install and use an ignition interlock device for 12-18 months and have your license suspended for 90 days.
The penalties for a second DWI offense within 10 years are as follows:
The consequences of a third or subsequent DWI offense are severe, so you must hire an experienced attorney as soon as you can. They are as follows:
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