NJ DWI Laws and Penalties
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a very serious matter in New Jersey. Though technically not a criminal offense, a DWI conviction carries stiff penalties which can negatively affect your future. Under New Jersey state laws, a DWI conviction can result in jail time, license suspension, fines, community service, mandatory DWI classes, and required installation of an ignition interlock device.
Additional penalties for DWI conviction
In addition to the above legal penalties, a DWI conviction can bring other repercussions that are often overlooked. For instance, a DWI conviction can result in:
- increased auto insurance rates
- inability to rent a car
- travel restrictions to certain countries (including Canada)
- penalties from professional boards (pilots, teachers, doctors)
- possible loss of job
In addition to these penalties, a DWI conviction will show up on your background check for the rest of your life.
Professional legal help for your New Jersey DWI
It is extremely important for anyone facing DWI charges in New Jersey to consider the penalties and treat the matter with seriousness and urgency. Just because you have a perfect driving record and have never had an incident with the law does not mean that you will get off with a slap on the wrist. Detailed information on various DWI offenses can be found using the links below.
If you or someone you love has been charged with DWI in New Jersey, call attorney Steven Hernandez at (732) 286-2700 to schedule a free case consultation.
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