Financial Consequences of a DUI Conviction
When someone is convicted of driving while intoxicated or refusal, there are significant economic consequences. The amount of the related fines, mandatory assessments and surcharges hinge on whether it is the First Offense, Second Offense, or Third Offense of DWI for the accused. Irrespective, the lawyers at our firm, the Law Offices Jonathan F. Marshall, are skilled in minimizing and even eliminating the financial ramifications of a conviction. This statement is not surprising when you consider that our dwi defense team is the largest and probably the most collectively qualified in the state with five (5) attorneys who are dual certified on both the Alcotest breath test device and in standardized field sobriety testing. We are unaware of another firm in the state with any more than one (1) lawyer who is dual certified. Beyond this training, several of the members of the defense staff are former DWI prosecutors. We know exactly how the system works and how to approach a case to insure that the economic effects of a conviction are limited. If you were arrested anywhere in this county, including in Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Red Bank, Ocean Township or Marlboro. Give us a call anytime to speak to a lawyer free of charge.
Fines Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, the fine is $250 to $500, $500 to $1,000, and $1,000 for a first, second and third offense, respectively.
Motor Vehicle Surcharge. A $1,000 per year surcharge is levied for three (3) years upon conviction for a first or second DWI offense. The surcharge escalates to three (3) years at $1,500 for a third or subsequent offense. Payment of the surcharge is a prerequisite to maintaining a valid drivers license.
Insurance Rates. The New Jersey Administrative Code allows insurers to increase rates under certain circumstances. Conviction for a driving while intoxicated is one of those bases. In fact, an insurer even has authority to drop and insured altogether if they are convicted of DUI.
Ignition Interlock. In all first offense cases involving a blood alcohol concentration of .15% or higher, the court will impose an ignition interlock obligation requirement during the suspension period and for 6-12 months following restoration. For a second or subsequent offender, an ignition interlock must be in place for 1-3 following restoration. The fee for the interlock device, installation, and monitoring is to be borne by the motorist. This can easily give rise to approximately $1,500 for a first offense and multiples of that amount for a repeat offender.
Call A Qualified DWI Defense Attorney To Avert Fines, Surcharges & Other Financial Consequences
The financial impact of a DWI conviction can often exceed $10,000 when you consider the fines, mandatory court assessments, surcharges, fees for an ignition interlock and increased insurance rates. Since there is no ability to plea bargain a DUI offense in Monmouth County or anywhere else in the state, the only avenue to escape thousands of dollars in monetary ramifications is to win your case. This is why it is key to find a highly skilled driving while intoxicated attorney to defend you in Middletown, Brielle, Long Branch, Highlands or Freehold. This is critically important to your success and how our DWI/DUI firm can assist you. Call one of our Monmouth County Offices now for immediate assistance.