The state of New Jersey is strict on individuals who have been charged with driving while intoxicated. The seriousness of this offense can be seen through the harsh consequences that can follow. For individuals that are 21 years of age or older, their blood alcohol content cannot exceed 0.08%. Although some people may believe they are not impaired and can drive, a breathalyzer test may prove that your blood alcohol content is higher and it can provide evidence that your motor skills are impaired due to intoxication. Drivers that are under the legal drinking age are not allowed to exhibit a blood alcohol content due to their inability to drink alcohol legally. If you find that you are charged with a DWI, you should seek legal counsel to gain representation that can protect your future.
When drivers are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, they can face a variety of consequences. These penalties may include multiple fines, incarceration and license suspension. Offenders may also be required to spend a certain number of hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. If the number of offenses increases, there may be an increase in fines, jail time and license suspension.
Do my penalties increase based on my BAC?
When drivers are caught driving while intoxicated, a police officer may request a breathalyzer test to determine your BAC. With this test, officers can monitor how much alcohol was consumed. This number can provide a better insight into how impaired your motor skills are. Basically, it can determine how drunk you are due to your amount of consumption.
Those who are found with a blood alcohol content that is over 0.10% upon arrest can face even greater consequences. This applies to those who are only facing a first offense, too. Due to the increased level of intoxication, the consequences are greater.
When drivers are caught with a blood alcohol content level that is over 0.15%, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any car they drive during the license suspension and for six to 12 months after the suspension. The installation cost is on the individual to pay for themselves. If drivers continue to be caught driving under the influence, penalties continue to grow more life-altering. Being caught driving under the influence within 10 years of your first conviction can lead to greater penalties and consequences. By being caught a third time within 10 years of your second conviction, you may face growing consequences. This may include up to 180 days in jail and license suspension for 10 years.
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