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Thanksgiving Weekend DWI Charges in New Jersey

Thanksgiving is one of the most celebratory holidays of the year. Many people celebrate by having lots of food and a few drinks with friends and family. This is fine, as long as they don’t get behind the wheel after. Unfortunately, sometimes, they do. That said, if you are charged with a DWI this Thanksgiving weekend, recognize that the penalties will not be different than any other DWI charge. Continue reading and give our skilled Bergen County DWI attorney. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the consequences of a Thanksgiving weekend DWI?

If you were caught by law enforcement this Thanksgiving weekend driving your car while under the influence of alcohol, it is highly likely that you will face serious consequences, even if it is just your first offense. If you were behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08-.09%, you will likely face the following penalties:

  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • DWI surcharge of $125
  • A $250-$400 fine
  • Up to 30 days of imprisonment
  • License forfeiture until the ignition interlock device is installed
  • $100 surcharge to the Drunk Driving Education Fund
  • $50 to VCCO
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • The mandatory installation and use of the ignition interlock device at your own cost for three months

In the event that you were charged with a DWI and had a blood alcohol concentration between .10-.15%, you will likely encounter more serious consequences when it comes to the installation and use of the ignition interlock device in your vehicle, as you’ll need to use it for anywhere between seven months and one year.

What are the consequences of a second offense DWI in NJ?

If this is your second DWI charge, you can anticipate facing the following:

  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center in accordance with treatment classification (usually 48 hours)
  • A $500-$1,000 fine
  • Two to 90 days of imprisonment
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • License forfeiture for one to two years
  • A DWI surcharge of $125
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Up to 30 days of community service
  • The installation and use of the ignition interlock device duration of your license suspension and two to four years after the license is restored
  • $50 to VCCO
  • $100 to AERF

What will happen after a third offense DWI?

As you can imagine, a third offense DWI charge has, even more, stricter penalties. If you are encountering the effects of this charge, you will need a qualified attorney in your corner, otherwise, you risk facing an eight-year driver’s license suspension, high fines, up to six months of incarceration, participation in the IDRC, and the mandatory installation and use of the ignition interlock device in your vehicle both during your license suspension and for anywhere between two and four years after your driver’s license is reinstated.

If you have any further questions or you need a lawyer who can combat your Thanksgiving DWI charges, look no further than the Law Office of Kevin T. Conway.

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