When an individual is caught drinking and driving while under the legal drinking age of 21 in New Jersey, they can expect to face severe consequences. As an attempt to cut down on drunk driving incidents, New Jersey does not take drinking and driving charges lightly. If you are facing underage DWI charges, it is important that you speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney who has experience handling cases such as yours. Our firm understands that being charged with an underage DWI can severely impact your future. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to learn more about our services and how we can assist you. Our legal team is prepared to explore all avenues of defense on your behalf. Get started today by picking up the phone.
What are the consequences of an underage DWI in New York?
Penalties for DWI charges are determined by the blood alcohol content of the driver as well as any prior offenses of a DWI. If you are charged with a BAC of .08-.09%, you will face:
- $1,000 yearly surcharge for 3 years
- Up to 30 days of incarceration
- Suspension of license for 3 months
- Engagement in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center and applicable fees
- $250 and $400 fines
- $100 Drunk Driving Fund fee
- $75 Neighborhood Services Fund fee
- $100 for the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
If you are charged with a DWI for the first time and you are underage and your BAC is .01% or above, you will be charged with a DWI. If you are charged with an underage DWI, you may face the following penalties:
- License suspension for 30-90 days
- Participation in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) and related fees
- 15-30 days of community service
Subsequent DWI charges will result in more severe penalties.
What should I do after being charged with an underage DWI?
One of the first steps you should take after being charged with an underage DWI in New Jersey is to retain the services of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will work to reduce your charges and penalties. Reach out to our experienced firm to learn how we will fight for your rights in court. Our firm is prepared to take on your case when you are ready. Give us a call today to discuss our next steps. We are here to help.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.