What happens when you get a DWI in New Jersey?

On Behalf of | May 14, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in New Jersey, but do you know exactly what could happen to you should you face charges for this crime? A first-time offender may feel overwhelmed with the potential penalties that result from a DWI, and repeat offenders may face even stiffer consequences.

Understanding what to expect can help you go through the process of fighting a DWI charge and may even allow you to get reduced or dismissed charges.


Depending on whether the DWI charge is your first offense or a repeat offense, you could face fines of up to $1,000.

Jail time

A first offense, with a blood alcohol level under 0.08%, can result in up to 30 days of jail time, while a third offense, or more, within 10 years of the previous offenses, means up to 180 days in jail.

Revoked driver’s license

In New Jersey, even a first-offense DWI results in driver’s license suspension. While it is only suspended for three months, a third offense means a 10-year suspension, which can be life-altering.

Community service

The state requires 30 hours of community service for a second DWI offense. However, if you get the DWI in a school zone, you must complete 60 hours of community service.

Intoxicated Driver Resource Center Program

New Jersey also requires a program called IDRC for all DWIs, regardless of whether it was a first-time charge or a subsequent one. The number of offenses you have determines the time spent in the program, but it can count against jail time in some cases.

If you are facing a DWI, it is important to know what to expect in case you want to fight your charges.


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