What Are the Penalties for a First Offense DWI in NJ?

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (39:4-50), you are facing serious penalties. The Law Office of Jason T. Komninos can fight to defend you against these penalties.

For a first offense DWI, the penalties are based on your blood alcohol content (BAC) reading.

For a BAC of 0.08% or higher but under 0.10%:

License suspended until an interlock device is installed in the primary vehicle. The device must be installed for 3 months.

A fine of $250 to $400.

For a BAC of 0.10% or higher but under 0.15%:

License suspended until an interlock device is installed in the primary vehicle. The device must be installed for 7 months.

A fine of $300 to $500.

For a BAC of 0.15% or higher:

License suspended for 4 to 6 months. Mandatory installation of the interlock device for the suspension period and another 9 to 15 months after reinstatement.

A fine of $300 to $500.

The following penalties also apply to all first DWI offenses:

Mandatory attendance at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) for 12 to 48 hours.

A jail term of up to 30 days.

Additional monetary penalties such as court costs and surcharges.

However, you may have defenses available to you that can reduce your penalties or lead to a dismissal of your charges. The Law Office can review your case to determine which defenses you may have.

If you are facing a DWI offense in New Jersey, you should retain an attorney to protect your rights. Call 201-343-4622 to schedule a consultation.