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What are the consequences of a DWI conviction in New Jersey?

Being arrested for DWI can be a frightening experience. Whether a police officer determined based on his or her observation that you were driving while impaired, or testing showed that you had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit (.08) or drugs in your system, you can be taken into custody.

A DWI conviction in New Jersey, even for a first offense, carries a number of possible penalties. These include fines, driver's license suspension, participation in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center program, an ignition interlock device on your car and possibly prison time. Your annual auto insurance premiums could also rise by as much as $5,000.

These penalties get even more severe for second and third DWI convictions. A second conviction could result in up to a 90-day prison sentence. A third one could land you in jail for 6 months with a possible license suspension of 10 years.

In some cases, the penalties are enhanced or could have career-ending results. For example, if the alleged offense occurred in a school zone, even if no children were there, some of the penalties could be doubled. If you have a commercial driver's license, it could be suspended for life.

Our firm looks at all of the possible options for defense against the charge. This includes the admissibility of Breathalyzer or other test results, and whether the officer had reason to stop you and then to arrest you. We look at all available evidence, including police video and radio transmissions.

Almost one in six people arrested for DWI are not convicted. However, you shouldn't face such a charge on your own. New Jersey DWI cases are supposed to be concluded within 60 days if possible, according to the state supreme court. Therefore, it's important to seek legal assistance immediately.

If you have been arrested for DWI, contact our office for a free consultation. We can work to protect your rights and to help minimize the significant damage to your life that can result from one bad decision.

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