The winter holidays are here, and even if you are just planning a small celebration, it is likely that alcohol will be involved. While most people in New Jersey consume alcohol responsibly, you may have a few drinks and think you are ok to drive home until you are pulled over by police and arrested for drunk driving. The following is a brief overview of DUI laws in New Jersey, but keep in mind this post does not offer legal advice pertaining to any person’s specific situation.
When can I be charged with DUI in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, if you are operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). This is what most people think of when they think of the crime of DUI. However, it is possible to be charged with DUI even if your BAC is below the legal limit if, through observation, the police determine that you are operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
What are the penalties for DUI in New Jersey?
The penalties for being convicted of a DUI in New Jersey are severe. If you are convicted of DUI in New Jersey, you could face fines, fees and surcharges. You may have your driver’s license suspended. You may be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. You may be required to perform community service and complete an intoxicated driver program. You can even face jail time.
Seek assistance if you are charged with DUI
As this shows, New Jersey police and prosecutors take the crime of drunk driving serious, and they may not go easy on those charged with DUI. Those who want to learn more about DUI or who have been charged with DUI may want to seek the advice of an attorney, so they can develop a solid defense strategy in their favor.