Someone who has been accused of DUI in New Jersey may face a variety of penalties, including license suspension and imprisonment. The precise penalties the accused can expect to face typically vary with respect to the individual circumstances of the case. A defendant's history of past DUI offenses, where he or she was driving at the time of being taken into custody and how the initial investigation was conducted can all play a substantial role in penalty imposition.
For example, a DUI charge is considered aggravated if it occurs within a school zone. Whereas DUI Third Offense outside a school zone can result in a license suspension of up to 10 years, the period of suspension is doubled for the same offense if it occurs in a school zone. Similarly, someone accused of refusing to submit to chemical testing may expect to face more severe penalties if they do so in a school zone.