Sentence Enhancements for DUI in New Jersey
Certain circumstances may lead to sentence enhancements in New Jersey: prior DUI convictions, if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of your DUI, speeding, reckless driving, a particularly high BAC, and causing an accident with injuries or damage to property. Penalties imposed are significantly increased for second or third DUI offenses. For instance, the possible jail time for a first time DUI offense is up to thirty days, however, for a second offense the maximum jail time is ninety days. Further if a parent or guardian is convicted of a DUI and had a passenger seventeen years old or younger in the vehicle, that person is also guilty of a disorderly persons offense. Thus, in addition to the stated DUI penalties, this person forfeits the right to operate a vehicle for a maximum of six months and must perform community service for up to five days.
New Jersey does have enhanced penalties for drivers with a particularly high BAC level. If your BAC was 0.10% or greater, you face fines of $300-500 and a license suspension of between seven months and one year in jail. This is a much stiffer penalty than a first DUI conviction with a BAC below 0.10%. Further, DUI offenders with a BAC of 0.15% or greater must install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle during their license suspension period and for a period of six months to one year after their license is restored.
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