Consequences of Being Charged with a DUI in South Jersey

DUI in South JerseyNobody goes into a bar, a restaurant or a house party with the intention of getting drunk, or too intoxicated to drive. Unfortunately, depending upon how much you have to drink you can end up over the legal blood alcohol concentration to be behind the wheel – and sometimes you’re charged with a DUI in South Jersey without having had anything to drink at all. If you are facing a charge of driving under the influence, it is essential that you move quickly to protect yourself and your rights, and the best way to do that is to speak to an attorney who has extensive experience in defending those charged with a DUI in South Jersey. Richard M. Josselson has been an attorney for over 39 years. He has earned a reputation as a passionate defender of the rights of his clients, and he will work to help you too.

The consequences of being charged with a DUI in South Jersey can be very severe. The state has established a sliding scale of fines and penalties that are based upon whether you have ever been convicted of a DUI in the past, as well as what your blood alcohol concentration is. For those who have a BAC that is higher than the legal limit of 0.08% but lower than .10%, the penalties include the loss of a driver’s license for three months, up to 30 days in jail, required participation at an intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)for between 12 and 48 hours, and fines that can quickly climb into the thousands of dollars. Additionally, there is a $1,000 per year surcharge that lasts for three years.

For those who have no previous record but who have a BAC of over .10%, those penalties jump to include a loss of license for between seven months and a year, a prison term of up to thirty days, the same fines and required attendance at the IDRC, plus if the BAC is .15% or greater there will also be a requirement to have an ignition interlock device placed on the vehicle during the time that their license is suspended and for a period thereafter.

Drivers who have previously been convicted of DUI within the previous ten years will lose their license for two years. The fines that are assessed against them will double, while their prison terms can extend to up to 90 days in jail. They may be required to perform community service, as well as be subjected to the other consequences of drunk driving convictions; for those who have committed three offenses or more, licenses will be suspended for ten years and they face 180 days in jail, as well as increased fines, increased surcharges, and increased requirements of community service and ignition interlock device installation.

Knowing the seriousness with which the state treats driving under the influence, make sure that you have put your future into the hands of a compassionate, dedicated attorney who has a record of successfully defending those who have been charged with DUI in South Jersey. Contact the law office of Richard M. Josselson today.

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