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Penalties Change for First-Time DUI Offenders in NJ

dui lawyer scotch plains njChanges to DUI Law in NJ

The holiday season is upon us, which means there will be plenty of opportunities to attend Christmas, New Years and other parties soon. As always, it’s important to remain safe if you plan on driving during the holiday season.

Alcohol-related accidents tend to increase during the holidays, but many of those who get arrested for a DUI in New Jersey will be surprised to find out that the laws in our state have changed. Find out everything you need to know about the changes below.

Your Guide to New Jersey’s New DUI Laws

Back in June, lawmakers in New Jersey passed legislation that changes how the state will penalize DUIs. The new regulations will go into effect on December 1st. So, what’s changed?

Individuals in New Jersey who are convicted of a first-time DUI won’t have to go months without a license. Instead, they can opt to have their driver’s license reinstated. There is a catch, though. Those who wish to retain their driving privileges must install an ignition interlock system in their car.

Ignition interlock systems work much like a breathalyzer. You have to blow into the device every time you intend to start the car. If the system detects your BAC is too high then your car won’t start.

Authorities hope this new change will help convicted offenders continue to maintain jobs and fulfill family obligations. That doesn’t mean that they’ll forgo the other penalties associated with a DUI, either. Those convicted are still subject to potential jail time, fines and court-ordered alcohol education classes.

Steps to Take Following a DUI in New Jersey

So, what should you expect if an officer accuses you of driving while intoxicated in New Jersey? The officer likely pulled you over during a traffic stop, so they often won’t let you leave when you’ve been drinking. Instead, you’ll be taken down to the local jail. You’ll be booked and placed in a cell overnight.

Your next steps are important. First, you’ll want to attempt to secure bail to prevent staying in jail until your court hearing. Next, you’ll want to start researching your options for legal representation.

Contact an Experienced Scotch Plains DWI Defense Attorney About Your Drunk Driving Charges in New Jersey

Have you been charged with a DWI or DUI offense in New Jersey? A drunk driving conviction could leave you with a permanent record, and it could result in your driver’s license being suspended for a very long time. That is why it is imperative that you speak with a qualified DWI defense lawyer about your case. The lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC represent clients charged with drunk driving, breath test refusal, and related offenses in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Morristown, East Brunswick, and throughout New Jersey. Call 877-423-4878 or fill out our confidential online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office located at 1827 East Second Street, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076  in addition to offices located in Westfield, Newark, East Brunswick, Clifton, Cherry Hill, and Elizabeth.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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