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Increased Penalties For Subsequent DWI Offenses

In New Jersey, the penalties for DWI/DUI offenses increase with each subsequent offense. That is why it is important to seek the guidance of a skilled DWI attorney as soon as possible. The penalties include:

Second offense**

  • Fine: $500-$1,000
  • Treatment: 48 hours IDRC
  • Ignition interlock device: 1-3 years after driving privileges are restored
  • Loss of registration privilege: 2 years
  • Loss of license: 2 years
  • Community service: 30 days
  • Jail: 2-90 days
  • Annual insurance surcharge of $1,000 for 3 years

Third or subsequent offense**

  • Fine: $1,000
  • Ignition interlock device: 1-3 years
  • Loss of license: 10 years
  • Loss of registration privileges: 10 years
  • Jail: Mandatory 6 months (90 days may be spent in an inpatient rehabilitation program)
  • Annual insurance surcharge of $1,500 for 3 years

Second offense in school zone (Note 1st conviction must have also been in a school)

  • Fine: $1,000-$2,000
  • Jail: Mandatory minimum of 96 hours to 180 days
  • License suspension: 4 years
  • Community service: 60 days

Third or subsequent offense in school zone (Prior violations must all be in a school zone)

  • Fines: $2,000
  • Jail: 6 months
  • License suspension: 20 years

**If the second offense occurs more than 10 years after the first offense, the court shall treat the second conviction as a first offense for sentencing purposes and if the third offense occurs more than 10 years after the second offense, the court shall treat the third conviction as a second offense for sentencing purposes.**

Contact Karcher Law Firm, in Red Bank, to speak with a lawyer by calling 732-852-7018.