First Offense DWI – 39:4-50 – Palisades Interstate Park

    Fort Lee NJ DWI Lawyer

    Elmwood Park NJ DWI Attorneys

    A conviction for Driving While Intoxicated in New Jersey can carry severe penalties, including many collateral consequences that are often forgotten about such as potential job loss.  The Law office of Jonathan F. Marshall has seven defense attorneys  on staff, including three former prosecutors. Further, our firm has over 100 years of combined experience.  Our defense teams is comprised of  five attorneys who are trained in administering the Alcotest Machine and three attorneys who are trained instructors in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  Whether you were charged in Fort Lee, Elmwood Park, Hackensack, Central Municipal of Bergen or Garfield with driving while intoxicated the team at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall can help you try to avoid your first offense conviction.  If you or a loved one has bee charged with DWI please contact any one of our Bergen County Offices for a free initial consultation about your pending charges.

    First Offense Potential License Suspension:

    If you are convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and the Alcotest Machine determines that your Blood Alcohol Level {“BAC”} is below .10% than you will be facing what is known as a First Tier DWI and the applicable license suspension is three (3) months.

    If you are convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and the Alcotest Machine determines that your BAC is above .10% than you will be facing a seven (7) to twelve (12) month loss of license. The license suspension will be set by the Judge.  If it is determined that your BAC was .15% or more than the court must impose the Ignition Interlock Device.

    First Offense Fines & Penalties:

    The fines for a first offense Driving While Intoxicated can be high.  The Judge may impose a fine anywhere from $250 to $500.  In addition, there are also mandatory assessments that the Judge must impose, such as $75 for the Safe Neighborhood Fund, $100 for DUI Enforcement, $50 for the Victims of Crime Compensation Board and $100 as a DUI Surcharge.  The fines usually totally around $600.

    Further, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, the Judge may impose up to thirty days in the Bergen County Jail and twelve to forty-eight hours in an Intensive Drivers Resource Center {“I.D.R.C.”}.  Although incarceration is not likely, the I.D.R.C. is mandatory and must be served before your license may be reinstated.

    Unique DWI Defense Qualifications

    As you can tell the penalties for Driving While Intoxicated in New Jersey can be severe.  It is imperative that you speak to an experienced DWI attorney about your options.  If you have any further questions with regards to this offense or any other offense for that matter,  please contact any one of our Bergen County Offices for a free initial consultation about your pending charges.