What to Know About Underage DWIs in New Jersey
In New Jersey, underage DWIs are taken very seriously. As a result, it is important to understand the consequences you may face when it comes to an underage DWI. Read on to learn more.
What is New Jersey’s Zero Tolerance Law?
In New Jersey, there is a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving. Drivers under the age of 21 are held accountable for their actions if they drive while under the influence. Underage drivers who operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.01% and 0.08% may be charged with an underage DWI. Additionally, if the driver’s BAC was over 0.08%, they can be charged as an adult and face regular DWI penalties.
What are the penalties for an underage DWI in New Jersey?
If you are facing charges for a first underage DWI, you may face the following consequences:
- License suspension: The state of New Jersey has the ability to suspend the underage individual’s driver’s license for 30 to 90 days. In addition to this, a teenager with a probationary license must complete a four-hour corrective driving course without the ability to receive a basic driver’s license for one year. If they have a learner’s permit, the teenager must complete the four-hour class and will face suspension for an additional 90 days. Any additional DWI offenses can result in further license suspensions or revocations.
- Community service: If an individual was charged with an underage DWI, the court will likely order the minor to complete 15 to 30 days of community service.
- Treatment: All DWI offenders are expected to complete the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) program or an approved rehabilitation program that is similar. An evaluation and interview are conducted by the IDRC before referring the driver to an appropriate treatment level. The level of treatment required is based on the driver’s evaluation, their driving record, and their BAC at the time of the violation.
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