How Can I Avoid Jail Time If It’s My First DWI Offense?

With the exception of Justin Bieber, who was recently arrested on his first DWI offense in Florida, most first-time offenders can avoid jail time. Some people appear to delight in the misfortunes of pop stars, unfortunately. Fortunately, however, for residents of New Jersey, you can avoid jail time if you have been convicted of a first-time DWI in most cases.

Most people will get probation. If your DWI blood alcohol content was extremely high, though, you might also be required to participant in a community service program and at the court’s discretion be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car. You blow into this device and if there is alcohol on your breath the device will prevent the car from starting.

Even if you have been given probation, there are some significant consequences to a drunk driving conviction. The conviction includes an automatic loss of your driver’s license for three months, a DMV surcharge of $1000 a year for three years, and additional fines of hundreds of dollars more. And the fines and fees increase from there, depending on the amount of alcohol in your blood.

Contact the Law Offices of Gregg A. Wisotsky, Criminal Defense Attorney, NJ

Facing a first-time DUI charge? The law offices of attorney Gregg A. Wisotsky offers a free phone consultation to prospective clients. I can answer your questions, explain your rights and your options, and begin to discuss strategies to defend you against a DUI charge. Contact my office online or call me at 973-241-7468. In addition to criminal defense, I also practice personal injury law. All major credit cards are accepted.

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