Many people know that DWI convictions often lead to jail time, community service, and fines. But, the penalty most people fear the most is the mandatory license suspension, with no chance of a restricted license to get to work or school, run errands, or transport loved ones around town, so this penalty can have a huge impact on your everyday life.
For this reason, it’s important to understand who could face a mandatory license suspension and how long the suspension will last.
What Are the Mandatory License Suspension DWI Laws in New Jersey?
There are mandatory license suspension laws in place for DWI offenders in New Jersey. This means if you are convicted of DWI, you will lose your driving privileges. The length of the suspension will vary depending on whether you are a first-time or repeat DWI offender.
First-time offenders will face a 3-month license suspension unless their BAC at the time of their arrest was above 0.10%. In this case, the suspension will be between 7-12 months.
Repeat offenders will face longer suspensions. If this is your second conviction in 10 years, your license will be suspended for a period of 2 years. If this is your third or subsequent conviction in 10 years, your license will be suspended for a period of 10 years.
You will need to pay a restoration fee in order to have your driving privileges restored after your suspension period is over. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for 1-3 years after your suspension period is over.
Can I Get A Restricted License After A DWI Conviction?
Most states offer certain DWI offenders the chance to obtain a hardship or restricted license after a DWI conviction. This license allows these offenders to operate a vehicle, but only when they are using it for specific reasons, such as getting to and from work. The state of New Jersey does not offer this type of license to DWI offenders. As a result, DWI offenders will have to serve the full length of their license suspension without driving a vehicle at all.
Commercial License Suspension After A DWI Arrest
Commercial drivers are held to higher standards in New Jersey and will face harsher penalties if they break the law by driving while intoxicated. If you are a commercial driver, your commercial driver’s license will be suspended for one year after your first DWI conviction. However, first-time offenders may face a 3-year suspension if they were transporting hazardous materials at the time of their arrest.
If you are convicted of DWI for a second time, you will lose your commercial driving privileges for life. It doesn’t matter whether you were driving your own vehicle or a commercial vehicle at the time of your arrest—you will still face these severe penalties.
Commercial drivers need a commercial driver’s license in order to work, which means losing these driving privileges could force them to find new employment.
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