A proposed bill would change the way in which DWIs are handled in the state of New Jersey. The bill (A-1368) would shorten the length of time for diver’s license suspensions for first-time DWI convictions with a blood alcohol concentration level below .15 to just 10 days. On the other hand, the bill would also require a first-time DWI offender to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in his or her primary vehicle for at least three months.
The bill passed the New Jersey State Assembly late in 2014 and has been introduced to the New Jersey Senate. Senators Nicholas Scutari (D), Jennifer Beck (R), James Whelan (D), Nellie Pou (D), Brian Stack (D) and Loretta Weinberg (D) sponsor the bill.
What Are the Current Penalties for First-Time DWI Convictions?
Currently, New Jersey only requires drivers to install IIDs in a primary vehicle when said driver has been convicted of multiple DWIs, or if the driver’s BAC level was 0.15 or higher. Drivers are also required to pay a monthly leasing fee for the installed IID.
First-time DWI offenders with a BAC level between 0.08 and 0.10 are currently subject to the following penalties:
• A fine of $250-$400
• Imprisonment for up to 30 days
• 3-month license suspension
• Car insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years
What Does This Mean for You?
If you have been charged with a DWI in New Jersey, you are still subject to the penalties listed above, which include long license suspensions. Make sure you have legal representation if you are being charged. With an experienced lawyer, you may be able to avoid conviction or face less severe fines and penalties.
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