Drivers can face serious consequences when they are charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). If a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be over the legal limit of 0.08%, they may be charged with a DWI. A law enforcement officer can determine a person’s BAC through the use of a Breathalyzer or an Alcotest.
There are some cases in which a driver’s BAC is significantly higher over the legal limit. In the event of this, the driver may receive an entirely different charge than a regular DWI. If a driver is found with a BAC over 0.10% they may be charged with a High BAC DWI. New Jersey courts and law enforcement are strict in charging and penalizing those who drive while intoxicated. These charges and penalties may intensify for those with a High BAC DWI charge.
Penalties of a High BAC DWI
When a law enforcement officer pulls over a driver with a High BAC, they take the offense very seriously. Drivers with a BAC of 0.10% or higher may face the following consequences:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- A suspended driver’s license for 7-12 months
- A fine between $300 and $500
- $100 to the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
- $100 to the Drunk Driving Fund
- $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund
- 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
- The installation of an ignition interlock device during the license suspension and between 6-12 months after its restoration
The state of New Jersey does not issue hardship license to drivers. A hardship license is a license that is issued after the suspension of a regular license. It allows individuals to drive under certain circumstances. A driver charged of a High BAC DWI in the state of New Jersey is not able to request this license for any work or school necessities.
Defending a High BAC DWI
When an individual is facing a High BAC DWI charge, it is important to know the options they have for defense. When a law enforcement officer stops a driver under the suspicion of drunk driving, they must follow a certain process and rules before they can charge the driver. This may include:
- A lawful stop: A police officer is required to have probable cause for stopping a driver on the road. If they did not, the arrest may be unlawful and the evidence may be thrown out of court.
- Field sobriety tests: In order to determine a driver’s level of toxicity, a law enforcement officer may conduct a series of sobriety tests. These tests must be administered by following the correct guidelines. If they are not, the evidence may be inadmissible in court.
- A breath test: When an officer pulls over a driver for a suspected DWI, a breath test cannot be administered right away. The officer must conduct an assessment of the driver and their condition for at least 20 minutes before administering the test.
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