Driving Under the Influence in New Jersey

A conviction for driving under the influence, or DUI, in New Jersey can result in significant negative consequences that go above and beyond a sentence handed down by a judge. For this reason, if you are currently facing a DUI charge in New Jersey, it is crucial that you understand both the charges again you and the ramifications of a conviction.

At the Cassidy Law Firm we understand how a DUI conviction can impact your home life, your career, and your future. We are committed to zealously protecting your rights and defending the accusations against you. Contact our office today at 732-747-3999 or 888-386-4098 to find out how we can help you.

What Constitutes DUI in New Jersey?

Over the past several decades campaigns by both private groups and public agencies have brought awareness to the public about the dangers of drinking and driving. As a result, most states across the U.S. have passed legislation creating tougher DUI laws.

In New Jersey, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A motorist who has a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.08 percent or above is presumed to be operating under the influence in New Jersey.

Like many states, New Jersey has also enacted a “zero tolerance” law for underage drivers. A driver under the age of 21 who has a BAC of 0.01 percent or higher may be charged with a DUI offense. In addition, people often do not realize that a driver can be charged with DUI for driving while under the influence of drugs as well as alcohol. Though the BAC presumption does not apply, a motorist can be convicted of a drug related DUI.

DUI Penalties in New Jersey

The potential penalties you face from the court if you are convicted of a DUI in New Jersey depend on a number of factors such as:

  • Your BAC at the time of the arrest
  • Your previous DUI history
  • Whether or not an accident was involved

For a first time DUI with a BAC of between 0.08 and 0.10 percent you face up to 30 days in jail, license suspension of three months, counseling, and fees of over $1,000. A repeat offender could face up to 6 months in jail and a license suspension of up to 10 years. While these penalties are serious, some of the non-judicial consequences of a DUI conviction may be worse, including:

  • Increased car insurance rates
  • Loss of employment opportunities
  • Negative impact on child custody or visitation

Because a DUI conviction will remain on your criminal record for life and because of the huge impact a conviction can have on all aspects of your life it is important to find out where you stand and what legal options you have for your defense early on in the process.

Our experienced New New Jersey DUI attorneys at The Cassidy Law Firm are aware of the various ways in which a conviction can affect your life, both now and in the future. We can help prevent those negative consequences by aggressively defending you and your rights now. Contact us today at 732-747-3999 or 888-386-4098 to make an appointment to get started with your defense.

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