Drunk driving charges are a serious matter. In New Jersey, the laws are strict and the courts aggressively prosecute cases. If you have been stopped for a DUI and charged with a crime, you have a lot to consider. Some DUI charges can come with severe fines and probation. Higher level DUI charges can come with overwhelming fines and jail time. A DUI charge on your record can haunt you for years and affect your livelihood. If you have been charged with a DUI, you should contact an attorney immediately. It is important that your lawyer has significant experience in handling these charges and will diligently evaluate all details of the case to fight the charges and alleviate the burden of a conviction.
New Jersey DUI laws explained
A blood alcohol content (BAC) test is the only scientific way to determine if someone is driving under the influence of alcohol. You are considered under the influence of alcohol if you have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. New Jersey has different tiers of DUI charges stemming from the BAC found in the driver’s system. Drivers found with a BAC higher than 0.08% but lower than 0.10% are already facing serious charges. Some penalties include:
For a blood alcohol content over 0.10%, you may be facing escalating consequences. If you are caught with such a high BAC, you are facing:
If you are under the age of 21 and are caught with a BAC over 0.01%, you are facing the same fines and jail time plus a license suspension of 30 to 90 days, 15 to 30 days of community service, and mandatory alcohol and highway safety education with IDRC.
New Jersey repeat DUI offenders face more serious consequences
People charged with a second DUI offense within 10 years face even more severe penalties. These include:
People charged with a third DUI offense within 10 years of the second offense face overwhelming penalties. These include:
Contact an attorney to fight for you
At Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys have years of experience with New Jersey DUI laws. You are most likely facing serious consequences and having effective representation is in your best interests. We will explore all legal means to downgrade the charges or have them dismissed altogether. We will closely investigate the circumstances under which you were pulled over and whether there was adequate probable cause for law enforcement to stop you in the first place. We will also review all testing that was done, including field sobriety tests, breathalyzers and blood work. Police officers are responsible for following detailed protocol when administering these tests. Errors on their part include a lack of direction during the field sobriety test and demanding it under inclement conditions, uncalibrated Breathalyzer tools, improper time frames in administering the tests, and a lack of a warrant for any blood work done. These errors violate your rights and could cause the charges to be lowered or dropped. If you have been charged with a DUI, call Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC today to learn how our experience and skill can protect your interests.
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