Will I go to Jail for a DUI in New Jersey? | What to Know

When an individual receives a DUI, he or she will often worry about the possibility of jail time. Read on to learn more about the consequences of a DUI in New Jersey.

Will I go to jail for a DUI in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, DUI penalties are tiered. This means that they are based on an individual’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and the individual’s prior offenses. If your BAC is above .10%, you can be charged with reckless driving, which can result in jail time. Additionally, your chances of jail time are higher if this is your second or third offense.

What are the consequences of a DUI in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, the penalties for a DUI are typically as follows:

First Offense

For a first offense DUI, you will have to forfeit your license for 30 days. In addition to this penalty, you will also face the following:

  • Spend 48 hours at a New Jersey IDRC
  • Up to 30 days of incarceration
  • $500 fine
  • Install an ignition interlock device for up to 6 months at your own expense

Second Offense

For a second offense, you may face up to 90 days in jail. You will also face the following:

  • Your license will be suspended for two years
  • Spend 48 hours at a New Jersey IDRC
  • $1000 fine
  • $75 Neighborhood Services Fund
  • Install and use an ignition interlock device

Third Offense

When it comes to a third offense, the possibility of jail time increases even more. There will also be additional consequences, including:

  • Spend 48 hours in a New Jersey IDRC
  • Lose your license for two years
  • $1000 fine
  • $100 fine to the Drunk Driving Fund
  • $75 fine to the Neighborhood Services Fund
  • At your own cost, install and use an ignition interlock device

If you are facing DUI charges, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case, exploring every avenue of defense. Reach out today to discuss your case with a dedicated attorney.

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Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC is an experienced Camden County criminal defense law firm located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. We understand how potentially damaging a criminal can be, which is why we pride ourselves on our willingness to fight for our client’s rights. Our firm handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.

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