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Penalties in Morris County NJ DWI Cases

DUI Defense Lawyers in Morristown, New Jersey

DWI Penalties NJ
DWI Penalties NJ

If you or a loved one has been charged with an alcohol related offense in New Jersey, contact an experienced DWI defense lawyer for help. Travis J. Tormey is a criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorney who has been representing clients throughout New Jersey for years charged with alcohol related offenses including refusal to submit to a breath testdriving under the influence of drugs (DUI), and DWI in a school zone in Rockaway, Morristown, and Hanover. In fact, Mr. Tormey is one of the few New Jersey attorneys who are certified Alcotest 7110 operators, the breath testing device used throughout the state to prosecute drunk driving cases. As a result, Mr. Tormey knows the components of the machine, how it works, and if there are any issues with the functioning of the breath testing device. This knowledge and expertise can be used to attack the reliability of the breath test result in your case. Mr. Tormey is available immediately to assist you at 866-949-6948. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.

Our DWI defense team is composed of a former New Jersey DWI prosecutor, an attorney who is certified on the Alcotest 7110 breath testing device, and a retired NJ State trooper who is certified not only on the breath test machine but also in the field sobriety tests.

Penalties for DWI in New Jersey

First Offense DWI

There are two categories or tiers of penalties for first offense DWI in New Jersey. The legal limit is .08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). The first category is the lesser of the two for a BAC between .08% and .10%. The second category is for a BAC of .10% or higher.

.08% to .10% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC):

  • Fines of $250- $400
  • Jail time of up to 30 days
  • Loss of driver’s license for three (3) months
  • IDRC for 12-48 hours
  • Interlock device for 6 months to 1 year (court’s discretion)

.10% and above BAC:

  • Fines of $300 to $500
  • Jail time of up to 30 days
  • Loss of driver’s license for seven (7) months to one (1) year
  • IDRC for 12-48 hours
  • Mandatory interlock device for 6 months to 1 year if BAC is .15% or above (in addition to period of license suspension)

Second Offense DWI

The penalties for a second offense are higher than a first offense, and there is no disparity of penalties for different levels of BAC.

.08% and above BAC:

  • Fines of $500 to $1,000
  • Jail time of up to 90 days
  • Loss of driver’s license for two (2) years
  • IDRC for 48 hours
  • Community service for 30 days
  • Mandatory interlock device for 1 to 3 years (in addition to period of license suspension)

Third or Subsequent Offense DWI

.08% BAC and above:

  • Fines totaling $1,000
  • Jail time for 180 days
  • Loss of driver’s license for ten (10) years
  • IDRC is determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Mandatory interlock device for 1 to 3 years (in addition to the period of license suspension)

Note: The Tormey Law Firm also utilizes the services of a DWI expert, a retired New Jersey state trooper who is also a certified Alcotest operator. Additionally, he is certified in field sobriety testing, the tests used at the scene by law enforcement officers to determine if probable cause exists to arrest a driver for DWI.

Contact a Madison NJ DWI Lawyer for Immediate Assistance

Our experienced criminal defense lawyers are available immediately to assist you with your DWI case in New Jersey. Contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-949-6948. We are happy to talk to you about your case.

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Experience You Can Trust

With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

The Tormey Law Firm

Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue, Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

Areas We Serve

All of Morris County including Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville Township, Dover, East Hanover Township, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Harding Township, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill Township, Madison, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill Township, Mont Arlington, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Olive Township, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Pequannock Township, Randolph, Riverdale, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Roxbury Township, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, and Wharton.