When it comes to a charge of drinking and driving in New Jersey, possible jail time, community service and fines are only part of what you could face. You could also lose your driver’s license for months (or years) if convicted.
The suspension is automatic, even for a standard DUI for someone with no prior record. Here is a breakdown of each level of conviction and the attached suspension:
- First DUI with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08-.10 percent: three-month suspension.
- First DUI with a BAC of .10 percent or higher: between seven and 12 months.
- Second offense within ten years: two years.
- Third offense within ten years of the second offense: 10 years.
- Driving with a suspended license due to DUI: suspension extended for an additional one to two years.
For all but the first offense on this list, once your license is restored, you will also have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle and keep it there for anywhere from six months to three years. Otherwise, you won’t be allowed to drive.
Living with a suspended license in Middlesex
For most of us, losing our driving privileges means losing our independence. Suddenly, you must rely on public transportation, taxis and rideshare apps, or rides from your friends and loved ones to get to work. If these options are not reliably available, you could lose your job. And as we noted above, getting caught driving on a suspended license leads to an even longer suspension (as well as potential jail time). Even a three-month suspension can seriously disrupt your life.
Fortunately, depending on the facts of your case, it may be possible to get the charges reduced or dropped. Then you might be allowed to keep your license and face less severe punishment.