New Jersey law provides for some rather severe penalties for those convicted of DUI, even if the person is a first-time offender in that area. It is important for many people to understand the potential consequences they face if they drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The legal limit for driving under the influence in the state is .08 percent. People whose blood alcohol content falls between .08 and .10 percent face losing their license for three months, spending up to 30 days in jail, attending 12-48 hours of alcohol education and treatment classes. Individuals can also face a fine up to $400, other fees and a surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years. People with a BAC of more than .10 percent may lose their license for seven months to one year and their fine will be increased. For those with a very high BAC above .15 percent, they'll additionally have a court-ordered interlock ignition device installed in their vehicle for up to one year.