Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes can carry serious, far-reaching consequences. New Jersey has stiff DUI laws and even stiffer penalties. This means you need an aggressive defense attorney to protect yourself from the ramifications of a guilty verdict. To help you understand the importance of hiring a DUI defense attorney in Paramus to fight for you in court, here is a look at some of the consequences you’ll face if convicted.
Although a suspended license may seem like a minor consequence, consider the impact that not being able to drive will have on your personal and professional life. First-time DUI convictions with BAC greater than 0.08% but less than 0.10% result in license suspensions of three months; DUI with BAC of 0.10% or greater carries license loss for seven months to one year. License suspension only increases with each subsequent conviction, up to 10 years for a third offense.
Fines & Fees
Hiring an experienced DUI attorney in Bergen County isn’t cheap, but it’s a lot less expensive than being convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For first-time offenses with BAC of 0.10% of greater, the court imposes mandatory fines and fees totaling $3,715. DUI fines go up exponentially with each subsequent offense. Failure to pay DUI surcharges will result in the indefinite suspension of driving privileges and action filed in State Superior Court by the Motor Vehicle Commission. This may include securing a lien against your property or garnishing your wages.
The most severe punishment for DUI is imprisonment. First-time convictions carry a prison term up to 30 days. A second DUI offense within 10 years carries as mandatory prison term up to 90 days. For a third offense within 10 years of the second offense, defendants face a minimum of 180 days behind bars. If you want to stay out of prison, contact an aggressive criminal defense law office to discuss your DUI today.
Our law office is located in Westwood, NJ but we help DUI clients throughout Bergen County, Passaic County, Essex County and Hudson County.