What Are the Consequences of a Conviction for a DUI or DWI?

Consequences-300x199Every state has slightly different penalties for a DUI or DWI conviction, but no matter where you’re located, the consequences can be severe.

Here is a list of penalties that you will face if you receive a DWI conviction in New Jersey under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50:

Possible DWI Penalties in New Jersey – 39:4-50:

  • Jail Time for 48 Hours to 6 Months, depending on the specifics of your case and the number of previous DUI convictions. (If you have 2 or more previous convictions, you must serve 6 months.)
  • Fines between $250 and $2,000 – as well as hundreds more in fees and surcharges
  • 30 days of community service overseen by a probation officer for some cases
  • Requirements to attend Intoxicated Driver Resource Center classes for up to 48 hours
  • Requirements to attend and pay for drug or alcohol counseling
  • Suspension of your driver’s license from 90 days to 20 years
  • Suspension of your commercial driver’s license for 1 year to a lifetime suspension
  • Suspension of your commercial driver’s license with hazmat provision for 3 years to a lifetime suspension
  • Jail time (and increased driver’s license suspension) if you are caught for driving when your driver’s license is suspended for a DUI
  • Required installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) between 13 months and 23 years
  • No option for an occupational limited driver’s license or work driver’s license – which means you absolutely cannot drive if convinced of a DWI charge and receive a suspension of your driver’s license as a result
  • Surcharge of $1000 annually for 3 years (even if you live out of state)
  • A DWI conviction will remain on your New Jersey driving record forever
  • You will also face penalties from your car insurance company, which can include raising your rates or even dropping your coverage after you are convicted of a DUI
  • You may also face penalties from your life insurance company, including denying an application for covered or increased premiums
  • If you are a non-citizen, you may be deported or denied naturalization
  • Those here on a Work Visa or Green Card may have renewal delayed or denied
  • Many foreign countries, including Canada, may forbid you or delay entry – even if it’s just for a vacation.