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Consequences Of DUI/DWI Convictions

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Consequences of DUI/DWI Convictions

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The consequences of DUI/DWI convictions do not just include fines and potential jail time. A conviction can also wreak havoc on aspects of your life now and in the future, such as through increased insurance premiums, criminal record in background checks for employment, impact on eligibility for financial aid, and even your immigration status.

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How Sentences Are Reached

Criminal sanctions and license suspension are often the first consequences that follow an arrest. Below is a breakdown of the general sentencing guidelines for drunk driving offenses in New York and New Jersey. Keep in mind that a court could use many factors to enhance penalties, including your blood alcohol content and whether someone was injured.

In New York, the consequences include:

First offense

  • Fine of $500 to $1,000
  • Up to one year incarceration
  • Minimum six-month license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device

Second offense

  • Mandatory five days in jail or 30 days community service or up to four years in prison
  • Fine of $1,000 to $5,000
  • One-year license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device

Third offense

  • Mandatory 10 days in jail or 60 days community service or up to seven years in prison
  • Fine of $2,000 to $10,000
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Alcohol evaluation

In New Jersey, the consequences are:

First offense

  • Fine of $250 to $400
  • Up to 30 days incarceration
  • 6-month to 1-year license suspension
  • 12-48 hours at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)

Second offense

  • Fine of $500 to $1,000
  • 48 to 90 days in jail
  • 2-year license suspension
  • 30 days community service
  • 12-48 hours at the IDRC

Third offense

  • Fine of $1,000
  • 180 days in jail
  • 10-year license suspension
  • 90 days community service
  • 12-48 hours at the IDRC

How Ignition Interlock Devices Work

A New York driver who is arrested for a drug- or alcohol-related driving offense can be subject to multiple forms of criminal penalties if convicted. The required use of an ignition interlock device is one such consequence. Understanding how these devices work can be important when facing such a consequence.

An ignition interlock device is a combination of a breath test unit and a computer chip that communicates with the testing device and ultimately controls a vehicle’s ignition. LifeSafer is one of the companies that manufacture and provides IIDs to people convicted of drunk driving offenses. The breath test unit is mounted on the driver’s dashboard while the chip is installed into the ignition.

Before a driver can start a vehicle, a breath sample is required. The data from the sample indicates the driver’s blood alcohol content and is sent to the chip. If the BAC is higher than legally allowed, the chip retains a lock on the ignition. If the BAC is below the allowed limit, the ignition is unlocked, allowing the driver to operate the vehicle. This process must be repeated every time the driver enters the vehicle.

While fines, points on a driving record and even jail time are penalties designed largely to punish drivers who are convicted of DWI or other charges, the use of IIDs is required in part to prevent further offenses. This penalty and its associated length of use varies from case to case.

Contact Us Now to Protect Your License & Your Freedom

If you have been charged with drunk driving, the attorneys at Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C. can help you defend against the charges by avoiding or reducing the penalties as much as possible. The sooner you call us, the better chance we have of obtaining a favorable outcome on your behalf.

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