It is widely known that it is illegal for anyone to drink and drive in the state of New Jersey. This obviously includes those who are not even the legal drinking age. When a driver under the age of 21 is found operating a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they can be charged with an underage DWI. In these situations, the state of New Jersey imposes serious consequences on the individual that can impact them for the rest of their life. If you were charged with an underage DWI, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced New Jersey DWI defense attorney for assistance.
There is a zero-tolerance law in New Jersey that ensures those who drink and drive are held responsible for their actions. If an underage driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.01% and 0.08% while operating a vehicle, they can receive an underage DWI charge from New Jersey law enforcement. Usually, these cases are heard in the municipal court. However, it is important to note that underage drivers who have a BAC over 0.08% can be charged as an adult and face the same DWI penalties as that of an of age driver.
When an underage driver receives a DWI charge, the consequences they face can vary depending on the nature of the offense. This can include their BAC as well as if they have any prior offenses. The driver will usually be subject to the following:
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