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Subsequent DWI Offenses


Defense Representation for Subsequent DWI Arrests in New Jersey

Repeated convictions for driving while intoxicated (DWI) carry substantially harsher penalties than an initial DWI. Drunk drivers convicted two, three or more times face additional stigma in society and may have a difficult time finding – and keeping – jobs due to their inability to operate a motor vehicle for a prolonged period of time. As such, it is absolutely vital individuals facing subsequent DWI charges reach out to a lawyer to defend their cases in court.

Second and third offense penalties

The Motor Vehicle Commission DWI webpage lists the following penalties for subsequent DWI convictions in New Jersey:

Alcohol or drug-related DWI with BAC greater than .08 but less than 0.10 percent
Offense License loss Fines, fees and surcharges Prison term Community service, IDRC and interlock
2nd offense within 10 years 2 years $500–$1,000 fine
$280 IDRC fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
48 hours–
90 days
30 days CS
12–48 hours IDRC
Ignition interlock device during license suspension and 1-3 years following restoration
3rd offense within 10 years of 2nd offense 10 years $1,000 fine
$280 IDRC fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF
$1,500/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
180 days Up to 90 days CS (can reduce period of imprisonment)
12–48 hours IDRC
Ignition interlock device during license suspension and 1-3 years following restoration

How Mr. Abate can help

Mounting a rigorous defense is the only real way to walk away from a second or third DWI arrest without severe repercussions. James A. Abate knows this, and he is quick to come to his clients’ defense during dire times. Prosecutors know Mr. Abate frequently appears in court, and his familiarity with the courtroom and commanding presence are undeniable assets for those he represents.

Contact The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC for a no-obligation consultation

Call on The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC for assistance if this is not the first time you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mr. Abate is available 24 hours a day should an emergency arise and you need a defense lawyer by your side. With offices in Westfield and Bridgewater, Mr. Abate serves clients throughout Somerset, Union, Middlesex, Morris and Essex counties as well as other areas of New Jersey. Reach out to his office online or at (908) 210-9755 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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