Traffic and DWI/DUI Defense in Northern New Jersey

After being charged with a violation, the Khorozian Law Group can examine the justification of punitive consequences for the alleged crime(s). Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) or any number of traffic violations can result loss of driving privileges, substantial fines, an increase in insurance premiums, and potential jail time. By investigating the offense, we can help you avoid the high cost of a traffic or DUI/DWI charge.

As stated in New Jersey Statute N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated carries severe punishment and fines/surcharges. If charged with a DUI/DWI you face the following repercussions:

First Offense BAC .08-.1%:

  • $250 to $400 fine, and
  • IDRC 12 to 48 hours, and
  • in court’s discretion, imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, and
  • driver’s license suspension for a period of 3 months, and
  • VCCB $50, DDEF $100, SNSF $75, and $100 surcharge, and
  • may order participation in supervised visitation program as either a condition of probation or a form of community service, and
  • may order installation of an interlock device for not less than 6 months nor more than 1 year, and
  • satisfy the screening, evaluation, and referral requirements of the IDRC. If these requirements are not met, then mandatory

Second Offense:

  • $500 to $1000 fine, and
  • imprisonment of not less than 48 consecutive hours, which shall not be suspended or served on probation, nor more than 90 days, and
  • driver’s license suspension for 2 years, and
  • community service for 30 days, and
  • VCCB $50, DDEF $100, SNSF $75, and $100 surcharge, and
  • may order participation in a supervised visitation program as either a condition of probation or a form of community service, and
  • shall order installation of ignition interlock device for not less than 1 year nor more than 3 years, or shall revoke all registration certificates and registration plates for 2 years, and
  • satisfy the screening, evaluation, and referral requirements of the IDRC. If these requirements are not met, then mandatory 2-day term of imprisonment and driver’s license suspension until requirements are satisfied.

Third Offense:

  • $1000 fine, and
  • imprisonment not less than 180 days in county jail or workhouse, except that the court may order defendant to serve up to 90 days of that sentence participating in a drug or alcohol inpatient rehabilitation program approved by the IDRC, and
  • driver’s license suspension for 10 years, an
  • VCCB $50, DDEF $100, SNSF $75, and $100 surcharge, and
  • may order participation in supervised visitation program as either a condition of probation or a form of community service, and
  • shall order installation of ignition interlock device for not less than 1 year nor more than 3 years, or shall revoke all registration certificates and registration plates for 10 years, and
  • satisfy the screening, evaluation, and referral requirements of the IDRC. If these requirements are not met, then mandatory 2-day term of imprisonment and driver’s license suspension until requirements are satisfied.

A DUI/DWI charge can have a negative effect upon anyone’s life. Fortunately, it is a legal process that you do not have to face without professional guidance. When charged with a DUI/DWI offense, consult the capable services of Khorozian Law Group.

The Khorozian Law Group will work industriously to protect your rights and freedom by seeking a dismissal or downgrade of the charges. Often, the Khorozian Law Group firm is able to plead your case for a lesser sentence, helping you avoid some of the financial burden and loss of license involved with the original charge. Call the Khorozian Law Group today for a free consultation at (201) 944-9200.

NJ DUI/DWI Fines and Penalties

Mandatory fines and penalties

Alcohol or drug related DUI with BAC of 0.10% or greater

License LossFines, Fees, & SurchargesPrison TermCommunity Service, IDRC & Interlock
7 months–
1 year$300–$500 fine
$230 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
Up to 30 days12–48 hours IDRC*
BAC 0.15% or greater: ignition interlock device during license suspension and 6 months – 1 year following restoration

Alcohol or drug related DUI with BAC greater than 0.08% but less than 0.10%

License LossFines, Fees, & SurchargesPrison TermCommunity Service, IDRC & Interlock
3 months$250–$400 fine
$230 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
Up to 30 days12–48 hours IDRC*

Repeated DUI convictions

OffenseLicense LossFines, Fees, & SurchargesPrison TermCommunity Service, IDRC & Interlock
2nd offense within 10 years2 years$500–$1,000 fine
$280 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
48 hours–
90 days30 days CS
12–48 hours IDRC*
Ignition interlock device during license suspension and 1-3 years following restoration
3rd offense within 10 years of 2nd offense10 years$1,000 fine
$280 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,500/year (for 3 years) surcharge

$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

180 daysUp to 90 days CS (can reduce period of imprisonment)

12–48 hours IDRC*

Ignition interlock device during license suspension and 1-3 years following restoration

Related Offenses

Driving or riding with an open container

OffenseFinesCommunity Service
1st$200
2nd$25010 days

Driving with a DUI suspension

License lossFines or surchargesPrison term
Additional
 1–2 years$500 fine
$250/year (for 3 years) surcharge
10–90 days

Notes:

  • *IDRC – Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • *AERF – Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
  • Underage drinking may cause a six-month delay in getting a license
  • Alcohol and drug-related offenses require completion of an alcohol screening and evaluation program