New Jersey takes repeat offenders very seriously. In addition to standard sentencing options, drivers convicted of multiple DWIs face significant jail time and loss of license for 8 years.
What Happens If I Am Convicted Of A Third DWI?
If you have already been convicted of DWI on two prior occasions, and the date of the arrest from your conviction is less than 10 years from the date of the arrest in your current matter, the penalties for a third conviction include:
- Over $1,325 in fines and court fees;
- $4,500 in surcharges to the State;
- Further surcharges from your insurance company ranging from $3,000 to $10,000;
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device to get your license restored and remain installed for 2 to 4 years after your license is restored;
- 180 days in a county jail, 90 of which may be served in a court-approved residential drug and alcohol treatment facility;
- 8-year license suspension
The stakes are too high to plead guilty and walk away. With an aggressive DWI defense lawyer at your side, it is possible to beat these charges.
Can Jail Time Be Avoided?
Under New Jersey’s current statute, jail time is mandatory for a third conviction. But with the help of expert counsel, several strategies can be used to eliminate jail as a sentencing option.
Jail time may be avoided through a process known as Post Conviction Relief. The attorneys at Levow DWI Law will review your prior convictions, searching for mistakes or omissions. If we can demonstrate that errors affected the outcome of a previous case, we can have that conviction suspended from the court’s consideration in the sentencing of your current offense. In short, it is possible that mandatory jail time can be taken off the table. Learn more about Post Conviction Relief here.
Seeking Post Conviction Relief is difficult for even the most seasoned defense attorneys. Evan Levow, our senior and managing partner, has had tremendous success in getting prior convictions overturned.
Contact New Jersey’s Trusted DWI Defense Attorneys
Facing a third or higher DWI charge? It’s time to fight for your future. Contact the aggressive lawyers at Levow DWI Law today for a free consultation. There’s no obligation. Ask us about our proven experience and aggressive defense strategies. Please call 1-877-789-5652 or complete our online contact form today. We want to help.