The first drunk driving charge was a wake-up call. Like most, you thought you would not get caught but realized the actual consequences when it finally happened.
In the months afterward, you had every intention to take the precautions to avoid that situation again, knowing that a second DUI would likely have more serious consequences.
Here’s what you should know about the cost of getting another DUI in New Jersey.
Consequences you could face
The first DUI may have felt more like an expensive inconvenience. If you are convicted of a second DUI, the consequences could include:
- Mandatory instruction hours at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)
- Up to 30 days of community service and up to 90 days in jail
- Loss of driving privileges for up to two years
- Fines and fees of $750 or more
- Recurring charges of $1,000 per year for three years
- Increased insurance penalties
- Negative employment consequences
- Ignition interlock
In addition to being expensive, you could face losing your job either because of the DUI or restricted driving privileges.
It gets worse after two
Getting a third DUI means even more severe consequences, including mandatory jail time and losing your license for 10 years. There are also dramatically increased costs and fines, such as the cost of maintaining an interlock device.
It is also important to note that there are also strict penalties for refusing a breath test. The consequences for refusing a breathalyzer could be as severe as a DUI offense.
A DUI can have a serious impact on your career and your life. It is essential to talk to a skilled professional if you are dealing with DUI charges.