IDRC in New Jersey
Because drunk driving is a motor vehicle violation and not a crime in New Jersey, there is no drug court or alcohol court for DWI. However, all people convicted of a drunk driving must attend a course at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, or the IDRC.
First offenders must attend at least a 12-hour Intoxicated Driver Program (IDP) while second offenders are required to attend for 48 hours. During this time, the offender will be assessed to determine his or her level of alcohol dependency. The IDRC will make further treatment recommendations, which must be completed in order for the offender to have his or her license reinstated. This treatment will last for a minimum of 16 weeks.
The IDP also includes courses on Alcohol and Highway Safety Education.
Mandatory attendance at the IDRC is pricey—and must be paid for by the offender. Every participant is required to pay a $100 attendance fee as well as a $100 license restoration fee to the Motor Vehicle Commission or MVC. An additional fee must be paid to the IDRC:
- $264 for first offenders
- $321 for second offenders
If you are sentenced to attend the IDP and do not show up or do not comply with treatment recommendations, your actions will be reported to the MVC. It is important to know that the IDP will make a recommendation to the MVC regarding the restoration of your license, based on your participation in and completion of the program.