St. Patrick’s Day DWI Charges | Here’s What to Know

Many people unfortunately get behind the wheel after drinking on St. Patrick’s Day. If you have been charged with a DWI in New Jersey, our Bergen County DWI attorney is on your side.

What can happen if I received a DWI this St. Patrick’s Day?

If you were stopped by law enforcement this St. Patrick’s Day for operating your vehicle under the influence of alcohol, you can expect to face serious penalties, even if it is just your first offense. If you were behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08-.09%, you will encounter:

  • A $250-$400 fine
  • Up to 30 days of imprisonment
  • 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • DWI surcharge of $125
  • 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

If you were behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration between .10-.15%, you will likely face even stricter consequences including:

  • A $300-$500 fine
  • Up to 30 days of imprisonment
  • DWI surcharge of $125
  • 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
  • Between 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • The mandatory installation and use of the ignition interlock device at your own cost for between 7 months and 1 year

What can happen if this is my second offense DWI in New Jersey?

If this is your second DWI offense, you can expect to face the following consequences:

  • 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
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center in accordance with treatment classification (usually 48 hours)
  • 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

Will I go to jail after my third DWI charge?

As expected, a third offense DWI charge has even harsher penalties. If you are facing the effects of this charge, you will need a skilled attorney on your side or else you will face:

  • An 8-year license forfeiture
  • $1,000 fine
  • Six months in jail
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center in accordance with treatment classification
  • $100 to AERF
  • $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • DWI surcharge of $125
  • $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Up to 90 days of community service
  • $50 to VCCO
  • Ignition Interlock Device during license suspension and for two to four years after the license is restored

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