New Jersey has a number of mandatory fines and penalties for DUI or DWI offenders. The consequences for a DUI or DWI conviction can include fines, surcharges in court, surcharges from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, jail time, participation in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), driver’s license suspension, and installation of an interlock device.
The severity of the consequences you will face often depends on the level of offense and if you are a repeat offender or not. For example, repeat offenders typically pay higher fines than first-time offenders, and a repeat offender may be imprisoned longer than the typical 30-day sentence a first-time offender is exposed to. Other penalties apply whether you’re a first-time or repeat offender, like the installation of an ignition interlock device — a breath alcohol analysis device installed on the steering column of your motor vehicle. In some cases, the juvenile arrest process in New Jersey can differ, but no one is exempt from consequences of a DUI conviction.
An ignition interlock device measures the blood alcohol level of the driver, who is required to blow into the device before the car can start. If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above a certain level, the car will not start, thus preventing an alcohol-impaired person from driving. If the court sentences you to have an interlock device installed, you will receive a notice of suspension from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission with instructions on how to obtain the device. Failure to install the device could result in an additional one-year suspension of your driving privileges. Additional license suspension and interlock device time depends on the specifics of your case.