According to authorities in Hoboken, a Bayonne man was arrested for DWI after allegedly flipping his vehicle on Garden Street. Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante said that around midnight, two officers responded to a report of an overturned vehicle. When they arrived, they allegedly found 32 year-old Jan Sabbagh standing next to a flipped white Toyota wagon which hit a parked car. Officers conducted field sobriety tests on scene and subsequently determined Sabbagh was under the influence, as he failed the tests. He was arrested and charged with DWI, unlicensed driver, reckless driving, and possession of an open container. Click here to read more at www.nj.com.
The state of New Jersey takes DWI very seriously and penalties can be severe. As the above statute indicates, the penalties for DWI can be severe. In New Jersey, the threshold for DWI is 0.08% blood alcohol content. Even if you refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer test, you can still be charged and convicted. Worst of all, NJ prosecutors often try to push DWI cases through the system quickly. You will need a skilled DWI attorney by your side to help you avoid strict mandatory DWI penalties, including:
Jail Time: A DWI conviction can result in jail time. A conviction for first offense DWI can result in a sentence of up to 30 days in jail.
Suspension of Driver’s License: A DWI conviction can result in full-time loss of driving privileges. Depending on your blood alcohol content, a first-time offender may be subject to suspension of his or her driver’s license for between four (4) to six (6) months. Worse yet, if your license is suspended for a DWI conviction, there will be no way around this punishment: you will not be allowed to drive under a restricted driver’s license under any circumstances. That means no hardship license and no restricted license.
IDRC: A person convicted of DWI may be required to participate in an alcohol education program at the IDRC. A first-time DWI offender must spend 12 hours attending an intensive program at the IDRC, during which time you will be interviewed by drug and alcohol counselors and possibly referred for additional treatment for a period lasting up to one (1) year. And failure to comply with IDRC requirements could result in jail time.
IID: As of December 1, 2019, all persons convicted of DWI will be required to install an IID on their car. This is a device that makes it impossible to start the car without first providing a clean breath test sample. For a first-time DWI offender, depending on your blood alcohol reading, courts will require that the IID be installed on your vehicle for a minimum of three (3) months and, under certain circumstances, up to fifteen (15) months.
Fines: A DWI conviction can result in sizable fines. A first-time offender may be fined up to $500.00, depending on your blood alcohol content. This amount does not include court costs and fees, which can total an additional $400.00. That’s $900.00 in fines.
Surcharges: A DWI conviction can subject you to thousands of dollars in surcharges. For a first offense, you could be required to pay to the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles a mandatory surcharge of $1,000.00 per year for three (3) years. That’s another $3,000.00 on top of all the other fines and court expenses.
Criminal Record: A DWI conviction can show up on background checks for the rest of your life. I know how to make sure that this doesn’t happen.
If you or a loved one is charged with DWI, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Alissa Hascup knows how to defend clients against DWI charges. One defense available to a first offense DWI charge is challenging the legitimacy of the police stop. Perhaps the police officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle in the first place. Another defense involves questioning the reliability of the police equipment used to administer the intoxication test. This is where Alissa D. Hascup’s experience matters. .
Call or email the Law Offices of Alissa Hascup, LLC today so Ms. Hascup can look over the details of your file and formulate a strategy to help you avoid DWI penalties. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.