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DWI Penalties In New Jersey

A New Jersey DWI is not classified as a crime, but instead is classified as a "motor vehicle" violation. Despite this classification, the penalties and sanctions imposed on even a first offense can be severe and could impact the rest of your life.

The Penalties You Face

The New Jersey penalties for DWI include:

  • DWI first offense:
    • BAC under .10 or no reading:
      • Fines: $250-$400
      • Jail: up to 30 days
      • Treatment: 12-48 hours at Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)
      • License suspension: 3 months
      • Annual insurance surcharge of $1,000 for 3 years
    • BAC .10 or higher/DWI drugs:
      • Fines: $300-$500
      • Jail: up to 30 days
      • Treatment: 12-48 hours IDRC
      • License suspension: 7 months-1 year
      • Annual insurance surcharge of $1,000 for 3 years

If BAC is .15 or higher: Mandatory ignition interlock device for 6 months to 1 year after driving privileges are restored.

DWI In A School Zone — First Offense

Additional penalties and jail time apply if the violation occurs within 1000 feet of a school, school owned property or crossing zone.

"School zone" is:

  1. on any school property used for school purposes which is owned by or leased to an elementary or secondary school or school board or within 1000 feet of such school property;
  2. driving through a school crossing if the municipality, by ordinance or resolution, has designated the school crossing as such; or
  3. driving through a school crossing, knowing that juveniles are present if the municipality has not designated the school crossing as such by ordinance or resolution.

The penalties include:

  • Fine: $500-$800
  • Jail: up to 60 days
  • 12-48 hours IDRC
  • License suspension: 1-2 years

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