DUI/DWI Fines And Penalties

The only scientific way to determine whether a driver is under the influence is through blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Your BAC can be tested with a simple Breathalyzer test. In New Jersey, a person with a BAC of .08 percent or greater who operates a motor vehicle or a boat is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).

Being convicted of a DUI is a serious offense, carrying heavy penalties, including:

  • Fines, fees and surcharges
  • License suspension
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Jail time
  • Community service

At the Law Office of Jack L. Stillman, P.A., we can help you understand what you're up against when faced with a DUI/DWI. To speak directly with attorney Jack Stillman, call our law office at 732-333-8942 or take a moment and complete our online contact form. We are located in Manalapan, and we represent clients throughout Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

Below are some examples of potential penalties facing those accused of DUI/DWI in New Jersey:

Alcohol- or drug-related DUI with BAC of .10 percent or greater
License lossFines, fees and surchargesPrison termCommunity service, IDRC and interlock

7 months
1 year

$300-$500 fine
$230 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
Up to 30 days12-48 hours IDRC*
BAC .15 percent or greater: ignition interlock device during license suspension and 6 months to 1 year following restoration
Alcohol- or drug-related DUI with BAC greater than .08 percent but less than .10 percent
License lossFines, fees and surchargesPrison termCommunity service, IDRC and Interlock

3 months

$250-$400 fine
$230 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
Up to 30 days12-48 hours IDRC*
Repeated DUI convictions
OffenseLicense lossFines, fees and surchargesPrison termCommunity service, IDRC and Interlock

Second offense within 10 years

2 years

$500-$1,000 fine
$280 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
48 hours-
90 days
30 days CS
12-48 hours IDRC*
Ignition interlock device during license suspension and 1-3 years following restoration

Third offense within 10 years of second offense

10 years$1,000 fine
$280 IDRC* fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF*
$1,500/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
180 daysUp to 90 days CS (can reduce period of imprisonment)
12-48 hours IDRC*
Ignition interlock device during license suspension and 1-3 years following restoration


Related Offenses:

Driving or riding with an open container
OffenseFines

Community service

First

$200

Second

$250

10 days

Driving with a DUI suspension
License lossFines or surchargesPrison term
Additional
1-2 years
$500 fine
$250/year (for 3 years) surcharge

10-90 days

Driving while possessing drugs
License lossFines or surcharges

2 years

Minimum $50 fine

Driving while possessing drugs
License lossFines or surcharges

2 years

Minimum $50 fine


Notes:

  • *IDRC Intoxicated Driver Resource Center.
  • *AERF Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund.
  • Underage drinking may cause a six-month delay in getting a license.
  • Alcohol and drug-related offenses require completion of an alcohol screening and evaluation program.