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First Offense DUI Attorney in New Jersey

DUI Defense Attorneys Represent Clients Charged with First Offense DUIs in Middlesex County, Mercer County, Union County, Ocean County, and Burlington County, NJ

New Jersey is aggressively prosecuting those charged with a first offense DUI in NJ. Fortunately, there is still hope to build a strong defense to help eliminate the long-term impact on your driving and criminal records.

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving immediately seek legal advice from the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio.  Anthony has served as a municipal prosecutor in 5 different municipalities in NJ. He has the experience necessary to identify the weakest points in the opposing case and create a defense to have your charges dismissed.

First Offense DUI NJ Penalties and Fines 

New Jersey’s penalties for DUI convictions steadily increase based on the severity of the violation and for each subsequent offense.  Penalties can vary between lengthy jail sentences, license suspension, probation, excess fines or a variation of multiple charges.

The disadvantage you have when fighting a DUI case is the fact that in New Jersey there is right to a trial by jury to hear your case.  You see, in New Jersey, DUI charges are classified as Motor Vehicle Violations only, and not criminal cases.  So, while this minimizes the long-term effect on your criminal record, it also makes it a little more difficult to try your case without the help of an experienced criminal attorney.

1st Time DUI Penalties BAC 0.08% – 0.09%

In New Jersey, if you are operating a vehicle and your Blood Alcohol Concentration level is over .08% as tested by an Alco test machine, you can be convicted of driving under the influence.  Even if your BAC is under 0.08% you run the risk of being convicted if an officer finds your driving to be impaired in any way.

For your first offense of a drunk driving charge, the penalties are:

  • A fine of $250-$400
  • Imprisonment for up to 30 days
  • An automobile surcharge of $1000 a year for 3 years.
  • A minimum of two 6-hour days in an intoxicated resource center.

1st Offense Penalties for Driving While Intoxicated 0.10% or Higher

DUI or DWI charges can be pressed even if you are under the influence of other drugs. These include marijuana, narcotics, hallucinogenic or any other habit producing drugs.  However, if you are convicted with a BAC over the limit of .10% the penalties for your first offense are as follows:

  • A fine of $300-$500
  • Imprisonment for up to 30 days
  • A license suspension between 7 months and 1 year
  • A minimum of two 6-hour days in an intoxicated resource center.
  • An automobile insurance surcharge of $1000 per year for 3 years.

1st Offense Penalties BAC 0.15% or Higher

It is at this limit that you will be required under law to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle of which you are the principal operator.  This requirement may remain throughout the entire license suspension period and for a period of up to 6 months or 1 year after your driving rights have been restored.

Contact an Experienced DUI Defense Attorney in New Jersey Today

If you’ve been accused of a DUI, I encourage you to learn more about your options by contacting me today.  I can help you understand all of the information regarding your charges pursuant under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.  I’ve handled many cases throughout the state including Middlesex County, Jackson TWP, Linden, Union Twp., and Jersey City.

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    “Mr. Vecchio was very thorough and efficient. His team was accommodating and the ultimate outcome was better than expected. Mr. Vecchio kept me up to date with every detail via emails and text messages. An all around good guy and family man.”
    “I have been working with Anthony on my husband’s out of state case for a few days now. He is punctual and doesn’t make you feel like you are asking too many questions in such a stressful time. He knows exactly what is happening before you even tell him. He is very professional and treats you like a human at the same time with the most respect.”
    "Anthony was instrumental in making the worst time in my life manageable. He's smart, intuitive and most of all he gave me peace of mind. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a sharp, progressive attorney who knows how to navigate the law."

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