Atlantic City DUI Attorneys

DUI offenses are taken very seriously in Atlantic City and throughout the rest of New Jersey. DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, is defined by the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission as operating a motor vehicle with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level of 0.08% or greater. You might feel sober, but if a police officer determines through a breathalyzer test that your BAC meets or exceeds 0.08%, you could be looking at license revocation, huge fines, and even incarceration.

At Lombardo Law, we have been representing residents of Atlantic City and beyond since 1993. Let us put our 20 years of experience and knowledge to work for you. Don’t attempt to argue your case on your own — call our law offices at (609) 445-4300 for a free consultation, or contact us online. Our attorneys are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to discuss the details of your case. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call now.

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DUI Laws in New Jersey

DUI is a very common charge in New Jersey. In 2011, over one third of all motor vehicle accidents were attributed to alcohol impairment. There were close to 200 fatalities resulting from cases of DUI. Over half of those accidents involved drivers whose BAC levels were at 0.15% or higher — well beyond the 0.08% cut-off — and over 26,000 DUI arrests were made. With grim statistics like these, the state of New Jersey takes DUI charges very seriously — and enforces severe penalties. If you are convicted of a DUI in Atlantic City, there are grave legal ramifications which are strictly enforced by the state of New Jersey.

Consequences of a New Jersey DUI Conviction

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission breaks down DUI charges into two categories:

  1. DUIs with a BAC equal to or greater than 0.08%, but less than 0.10%
  2. DUIs with a BAC equal to or greater than 0.10%

0.08% – Less Than 0.10%

Here is a list of the various fines imposed upon drivers convicted of DUI with a BAC in this category:

  • $250-$400 fine
  • $230 IDRC (Intoxicated Driver Resource Center) fee
  • $100 to drunk driving fund
  • $100 to AERF (Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund)
  • $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge, totalling $3,000
  • $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

In addition to the fines incurred, the driver also faces a loss of their driver’s license for three months, as well as 30 days in prison. Additionally, they will be required to spend between 12 and 48 hours at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center.

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0.10% or Greater Blood Alcohol Level

Consequences for drunk drivers with BACs in this category are even harsher, due to the higher amount of alcohol and the increased risk factor when driving. The fines increase in turn:

  • $300-$500 fine
  • $230 IDRC fee
  • $100 to drunk driving fund
  • $100 to AERF
  • $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge, totalling $3,000
  • $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

In addition to the fines incurred, the driver also faces a loss of their driver’s license for a minimum of seven months and up to one year, as well as 30 days in prison. Additionally, they will be required to spend between 12 and 48 hours at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. If their BAC is 0.15% or higher, they will be required to install in Interlock Ignition Device for the duration of their license suspension, and for an additional six months to one year afterward.

If you are a resident of Atlantic City and you are facing DUI charges, you risk having to pay thousands of dollars in fines, losing your transportation, and losing your freedom. You need the very best DUI attorneys fighting for you. Don’t hesitate — contact Lombardo Law today to explore your legal options.

 

 

 

 

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