Except for 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 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 $1,000 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 Gregg A. Wisotsky, Esq., Partner, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, criminal defense attorney in New Jersey.
Facing a first-time DUI charge? The law offices of attorney Gregg A. Wisotsky, Esq., Partner, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, offer a free phone consultation to prospective clients. We can answer your questions, explain your rights and your options and begin to discuss strategies to defend you against a DUI charge. Contact our office online or call us at 973-898-0161. In addition to criminal defense, we also practice personal injury law. All major credit cards are accepted.