Driving Under the Influence of Drugs | What to Know

The dangers of drunk driving are discussed often. But, not many people are aware of the dangers of drugged driving. Drugged driving is a serious crime that carries harsh penalties. Read on to learn more about the consequences in New Jersey.

Drugged driving- first offense

Like drunk driving, drugged driving charges are tiered. This means that the consequences are dependent upon your prior offenses. If this is your first offense:

  • You may spend up to 30 days in jail
  • You may lose your license for up to 12 months
  • You may have to install the ignition interlock device
  • You will have to pay up to a $500 fine
  • You will have to spend up to 48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • A $100 fee for the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
  • You will have to pay a $1,000 surcharge every year for 3 years
  • A $100 Drunk Driving Fund fee
  • A $75 Neighborhood Services Fund fee

Drugged driving- second offense

If you are charged with drugged driving for a second time, you will likely face:

  • You will have to spend up to 90 days in jail
  • You will lose your license for up to two years
  • You will have to pay up to $1,000 in fines
  • You will likely have to install and use the ignition interlock device for up to three years after license restoration
  • You will have to spend 30 days doing community service

Drugged driving- third offense

A third drugged driving offense can result in life-altering consequences. For example:

  • You may lose your license for 10 years
  • You will have to participate in the Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center
  • You will have to install and use the Ignition Interlock Device
  • You will have to pay a $1,000 fine
  • You may spend up to 180 days in jail

If you are facing charges for drugged driving, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case.

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