Penalties for a 2nd Offense DWI in New Jersey
If charged and convicted of a second DWI offense in New Jersey, an individual will face a fine of not less than $500.00 but not more than $1,000.00. The individual will also be required to perform community service for 30 days in a form and manner which is acceptable to the court. The individual may also face a term of imprisonment between 48 hours and 90 days. The individual will have his or her driver’s license suspended for a period of two years. Finally, an individual will be required to install the ignition interlock device in their vehicle after the individual gets his or her license restored.
Obviously, as set forth above, an individual who is subject to a second offense DWI will face very serious and significant penalties. Unlike a first offense DWI, an individual who is convicted of a second offense DWI will face the above consequences regardless of what their blood alcohol content was at the time they were operating a motor vehicle. This means that the only way to avoid the above penalties will be to have the DWI offense dismissed or obtain a not guilty verdict after a trial.
How to Defend Against a 2nd DWI Offense
One way in which a second offense DWI may be dismissed is by challenging the reason the officer conducted a motor vehicle stop. In order to stop a vehicle, an officer needs reasonable suspicion that a violation of the law occurred. If the defendant, through his or her defense attorney, is successfully able to challenge the reason for the motor vehicle stop, the evidence and observations which are used to establish the DWI may be suppressed and the charge may ultimately be dismissed. The specific facts and circumstances surrounding the stop will be the key in determining whether a motion to suppress should be filed and may be successful. Our second offense DWI attorneys are experienced at filing these motions and will guide you through the process.
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