New Laws Regarding First-Time DUI Offenders
Do license suspensions really prevent drunk driving? Experts in New Jersey aren’t so sure the method is effective, and advocacy groups have been pushing lawmakers to consider a new technology in place of license suspensions. After significant debate, New Jersey representatives have decided to try this new technology and change DUI laws in the process.
What are Ignition Interlock Systems?
Individuals who are convicted of a DUI for the first time in New Jersey will now have a new penalty in place of a license suspension starting in December of 2019. Now, convicted drunk drivers will be required to put an ignition interlock system device in their car. This option will allow them to keep their license and keep driving. The only catch is that offenders can’t drink and drive. The new technology prevents it. Here’s how:
- The interlock system goes on the ignition
- The driver must blow into the device to start the car
- When the driver’s BAC is above the legal limit, the car won’t start
- When the driver’s BAC is below the legal limit, the car will start
This new penalty means that if you’re convicted, you’ll still be able to maintain your right to drive. Find out below if you’re eligible.
Am I Eligible for an Interlock Device?
This new law will only apply to you if you get arrested after December. You’ll be eligible for the interlock device and forgo license suspension if this is the first time you’ve ever been arrested for a DUI.
If you’ve already been convicted of a DUI in the past and this is your second charge, you may or may not be able to apply for the new technology. An experienced DUI defense attorney can help argue on your behalf about why the device would be beneficial in your situation. A judge is more likely to rule in favor of the device if you have a steady job, family obligations or another legitimate reason to need to drive. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that a judge will likely order harsher penalties if you’ve already had a prior conviction.
Contact an Experienced Summit DWI Defense Attorney About Your Drunk Driving Charges in New Jersey
Have you been charged with a DWI or DUI offense in New Jersey? A drunk driving conviction could leave you with a permanent record, and it could result in your driver’s license being suspended for a very long time. That is why it is imperative that you speak with a qualified DWI defense lawyer about your case. The lawyers at Zegas Law represent clients charged with drunk driving, breath test refusal, and related offenses in Morris County, Union County, Essex County, and throughout New Jersey. Call (973) 878-0913 or fill out our confidential online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office located at 60 Morris, Turnpike #3, Summit, New Jersey, 07901.
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