New Jersey has severe penalties for repeat offenders. Second offenders are dealt with harshly, and third offenders face more substantial consequences yet.
With multiple offenses come harsher penalties. If convicted of a 2nd DWI, New Jersey courts will sentence you to:
You will have to pay costly surcharges:
Note that if your first conviction occurred more than ten years before your second, you will be sentenced as a first-time offender.
The per se Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit in New Jersey is 0.08%. There is no longer a distinction for the alcohol level. If you are over the per se limit of 0.08%, you will be convicted and you will be subjected to higher fines and a longer period of license revocation.
If you are convicted with a BAC of 0.08% or above, or if the State proves that you were DWI based on your physical behavior, your New Jersey Driving privileges will be suspended for 1 to 2 years. You will have to install an ignition interlock device in your car for 2-4 years after your suspension. Fines are higher, and you will have to go to jail for a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 90 days. In addition, you must perform 180 hours of community service.
In some cases, a process known as “Post Conviction Relief” (PCR) may be available to reduce the severity of your penalties.
The attorneys at Levow DWI Law, P.C. will investigate your prior convictions to see if filing a petition for Post Conviction Relief makes sense for you. If we can get your old conviction vacated and dismissed, your current second offense becomes a first offense. Based on the evidence that we can gather, we assess whether we could be successful in vacating the conviction altogether, or if our goal is to keep you out of jail, we try to get an order from your prior court to sign an order saying that conviction cannot be used to put you in jail in the current matter. We will order the case files and court documents from your previous conviction. After a thorough review, we may be able to identify serious errors or omissions that can help us obtain a successful for you.
You can find more information on seeking post conviction relief here.
New Jersey takes multiple offenses seriously, and so do we. That’s why you should consult with the defense lawyers at Levow DWI Law, P.C. for a free consultation. Our expert team will review your case and establish a plan of attack. We won’t stop until every defense has been investigated on your behalf. We have decades of experience successfully defending 2nd offense cases.
Please call 1-877-789-5652 or fill out our contact form. There is no obligation. Let us discuss with you how we can help you defend the charges against you.