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  • COURT IMPOSED FINES AND PENALTIES

    Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)
    A person who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above is considered to be driving under the influence.

    First Offense – BAC 0.08% but less than 0.10%

    • 3 months driving privilege suspension
    • $250-$400 fine
    • 12-48 hours at intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)
    • Maximum 30 days imprisonment

    First Offense – BAC 0.10% or higher

    • 7 months to1 year driving privilege suspension
    • $300-$500 fine
    • 12-48 hours IDRC
    • 30 days maximum imprisonment*

    Second Offense

    • 2 years driving privilege suspension
    • $500-$1,000 fine
    • 12-48 hours IDRC
    • 48 hours – 90 days imprisonment*

    Third Offense

    • 10 years driving privilege suspension
    • $1,000 fine
    • 90 days maximum community service
    • 12-48 hours IDRC
    • 180 days imprisonment*
     

    DUI in School Zone or School Crossing

    First Offense

    • 12-24 months driving privilege suspension
    • $500-$800 fine
    • 60 days imprisonment

    Second Offense

    • 48 months minimum driving privilege suspension
    • $1,000-$2,000 fine
    • 60 days community service
    • 96 hours-180 days imprisonment*

    Third Offense

    • 20 years driving privilege suspension
    • $2,000 fine
    • 180 days imprisonment
     

    Refusing the Chemical Test

    First Offense

    • 7 months to 1 year driving privilege suspension
    • $300-$500 fine
    • 12 hours minimum IDRC

    Second Offense

    • 2 years driving privilege suspension

    Third and Subsequent Offenses

    • 10 years driving privilege suspension
    • $1,000 fine
    • 12 hours minimum IDRC
     

    Refusing Chemical Test in School Zone or Crossing

    First Offense

    • 1 to 2 years driving privilege suspension
    • $600-$1,000 fine
    • 12 hours minimum IDRC

    Second Offense

    • 4 years driving privilege suspension
    • $1,000-$2,000 fine
    • 12 hours minimum IDRC

    Third and Subsequent Offenses

    • 20 years driving privilege suspension
    • $2,000 fine
    • 12 hours minimum IDRC
     

    Underage

    For persons under 21 (the legal age in NJ to purchase an alcoholic beverage) who consume an alcoholic beverage, then drive a vehicle when their BAC is 0.01% or more, but less than 0.08%, the penalties are:
    Minimum

    • 30-90 day driving privilege suspension if currently licensed; or
    • 30-90 day prohibition from becoming a licensed driver at age
    • 17 years; and,
    • 15-30 days mandatory community service; and
    • participation in an IDRC or other alcohol education; and
    • completion of a highway safety program

    Maximum

    • DUI sentences (see schedule). If the BAC is 0.08% or higher, underage persons will receive DUI sentences as noted.
     

    Surcharges – Alcohol Violations

    In addition to the court imposed fines and penalties, anyone convicted of DUI or chemical test refusal is subject to:

    • an insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years ($3,000) for the first and second conviction within a three-year period.
    • an insurance surcharge of $1,500 a year for three years ($4,500) for a third offense within a three-year period.
    • a single $100 DUI enforcement surcharge that must be paid to the court with the required fine upon conviction.
     

    The surcharges will be imposed on a New Jersey or an outof-state conviction. Failure to pay the surcharge will result in indefinite suspension of all driving privileges and the filing of a judgment against any personal property.

     

    Surcharges – Point Violations/Other

    Motorists who incur six or more motor vehicle points are also subject to an insurance surcharge of $150 for six points and $25 for each additional point. The point surcharge will remain in effect as long as a motorist has six or more points on their record for the immediate three-year period. MVC will suspend all driving privileges indefinitely and take judgment action if the surcharge is not paid. Other violations subject to a surcharge are:

    • driving while unlicensed $100
    • driving while suspended $250/Court or MVC imposed
    • failing to insure a MOPED $100
    • operating an uninsured vehicle $250
     
     

    Boaters

    Boaters convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) on New Jersey’s waterways will be suspended from both boating and all driving privileges. Violators under 17 will have their vehicle and MOPED driving privileges delayed for a term equal to the suspension period.

     

    no conditional or special work licenses

    New Jersey does not have conditional or special work licenses. If a motorist does not have a valid driver license, or if a driving privilege is suspended for drunk driving or any other violation, a motorist may not drive for any reason until that privilege is restored.