NJ DUI Laws & BAC Levels
Known as blood alcohol content or blood alcohol concentration, your BAC level is the most common metric used to measure alcohol intoxication. If you are pulled over and suspected of drunk driving, a law enforcement official most likely checks your BAC to see if you are above the level of legal intoxication.
In New Jersey, it is illegal for a person over the age of 21 to drive with a BAC greater than 0.08%. But penalties and fines vary according to what your specific BAC level is – in short, the drunker you are, the greater your punishment could be.
Link to: NJ’s DWI penalties
- DUI with BAC of .15% or greater – seven months to one-year license suspension; up to 30 days imprisonment; over $3000 in fines, fees and surcharges; 12-48 hours of Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) classes; ignition interlock device during license suspension and 6 months to one year following restoration
- DUI with BAC of .10% or greater – seven months to one year license suspension; up to 30 days imprisonment; over $3000 in fines, fees, and surcharges; 12-48 hours of (IDRC) classes
- DUI with BAC greater than 0.08% but less than 0.10% – three months license suspension; up to 30 days imprisonment; over $3000 in fines, fees and surcharges; 12-48 hours of IDRC classes
What is an underage DUI?
If you are under 21 years old and are caught with a BAC or 0.01% or greater, you could be charged with a DUI. You might lose your license for 30 to 90 days, have perform 15 to 30 days of community service, participation in IDRC classes, and fines, fees, and surcharges which could meet or exceed $3000.
Drunk driving is a serious offense. Can you afford to lose your license? Can you risk spending time in jail? The criminal lawyers at Aiello, Harris, Abate work to get our clients a reduced sentence, reduced DUI/DWI charges, or even a dismissal. To arrange an initial consultation with one of our dedicated NJ DUI attorneys.