For many, the night before Thanksgiving is the wildest night of the year. Students who have been away at college are returning to their hometowns and reunited with their friends for the first time in months. Many choose to celebrate this reunion with a night of drinking and crowd bars and clubs. As a result, Thanksgiving Eve has been nicknamed “Drinksgiving” and “Blackout Wednesday.” Things become dangerous when these party-goers hit the road after a night of drinking. Read on to learn more about DWI charges in New Jersey.
Drivers pulled over for a DWI for the first time with a blood alcohol content that is between .08-.09% may face the following consequences:
If it is your first offense and you have a BAC of .10% or higher, you may face the above penalties in addition to the following consequences:
DWI consequences are serious for anybody, but especially for those who are under the age of 21 and are not yet legally allowed to consume or purchase alcohol. In these situations, the individual is breaking more than one law, so their penalties increase. If an intoxicated driver is under the age of 21 and has a blood alcohol content that is greater than 0.01 percent, they can be charged with an underage DWI. This can result in:
A DWI is a charge that is taken seriously in New Jersey. If you or a loved one is charged with a DWI this Thanksgiving weekend, you should reach out to a skilled criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.
Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.