The maximum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the state of New Jersey is .08 percent. Drivers who are stopped with this BAC level or higher face serious penalties. For example, did you know that you face up to $500 in fines, 30 days in jail, and a one-year license suspension for your first DUI offense?
The penalties you face increase substantially with each subsequent DUI. However, NJ lawmakers are considering a new bill (Assembly Bill 1368) that would effectively lessen the penalties first-time DUI offenders face.
The two major aspects of the bill that NJ drivers should be aware of include:
- License suspension: If the new law is passed, first-time drunk driving offenders in New Jersey who have a BAC of less than .15 percent would be able to drive again after a 10-day license suspension.
- Ignition interlock device: The bill explains that first-time offenders would have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. An ignition interlock device or IID is a piece of equipment you must install in one motor vehicle that you own, lease, or primarily use, for three months. The device requires you to pass a Breathalyzer-like test before you can operate your vehicle.
A conviction for drunk driving can affect nearly every aspect of your life—personal and professional. Without trusted counsel by your side, you could lose your driving privileges and even your freedom. A skilled criminal law attorney can quickly review your case and help you build a solid defense. For more information about DUI law in New Jersey or to speak to an experienced lawyer, contact us today.