I get asked often about what happens when you get a DUI. In Hammonton, New Jersey, the consequences for being stopped and charged with DUI can range from being hit with a traffic violation to jail time and fines. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your charges and your previous driving and criminal history, you could potentially face some very serious consequences. Drivers who are convicted of their first driving under the influence in New Jersey face a 3-12 month license suspension and fines. There is no jail time that you will face unless you injure someone, leave the scene of an accident, or commit another crime in addition to the DUI.
The penalty for repeat DUI offenders just got stiffer
In June of this year, New Jersey passed a repeat DUI offender law that made it so that individuals who are convicted of driving under the influence two or more times in 60 days of the original conviction can be convicted of a crime and face much steeper penalties than before. A repeat driving under the influence charge can be punished by 18 months in prison, a $10k fine, a larger bail amount, a criminal record, and the suspension of your license. Outside of that 60 day window, drivers who are convicted of a second DWI within 10 years of the first can be punished with a two year loss of driving privileges and 90 days in jail. Drivers who are convicted of a third DWI within 10 years of their first, can lose their license for 10 years and 180 days in jail.
Obviously, being convicted of a DUI is never a good thing. Driving under the influence is dangerous for yourself and others. Even worse, is being convicted of multiple DWIs, especially within that 60 day period of time from your first. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, regardless if you have previous convictions, you should contact an experienced defense attorney immediately (as soon as you fail a roadside test or are processed preferably). The sooner you involve a defense attorney, that attorney can begin the process of making sure that your constitutional rights are protected and that the circumstances surrounding your arrest and the charges against you are valid.
Contact an experienced attorney
The Law Offices of Joseph Lombardo has been representing drivers in New Jersey who have been charged with DUI, second offenses, and criminal charges related to driving under the influence since 1993. Mr. Lombardo represents clients in Hammonton, NJ, as well as all of the other counties and townships within Southern New Jersey. Mr. Lombardo is a former Municipal Court Prosecutor and can put his experience prosecuting individuals charged with driving under the influence to use in building the best defense against your arrest and charges. If you have been stopped and processed regarding an incident where the police think that you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact Joseph Lombardo today. We are available 24 hours a day in case of an emergency and can make jail visits for a consultation.