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DWI With Minor in Car NJ

If you are charged with a DWI in New Jersey, and there is a minor in the car, you face serious consequences. If you are the parent or guardian of that minor, you can be charged with a criminal offense for child endangerment.


The penalties for DWI with a minor in the vehicle are in addition to those that will be imposed if you are convicted of a DWI. They include:

  • Additional license suspension
  • Jail sentence
  • $1,000 fine
  • Maximum five days of community service

If there is an injury or accident, the driver could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child—a third degree crime, punishable by three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.