A: The max sentence is a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail, loss of driving priveleges and a criminal record. The good news is jail is unlikely. Further, if it's your first offense as you have indicated you would be eligible for a conditional discharge. Additionally there may be grounds to successfully challenge the charge itself. You should consult with an attorney.
A: The tickets are two points each. If you hire an attorney you will likely get the points reduced. An attorney will be able to resolve the matter by way of affidavit, so you will not have to appear. The lawyer fees will depend on the lawyer.
A: Loss of License. If you are convicted of or you plead guilty to a DWI in New Jersey, the duration of loss of license can vary depending on certain factors. One factor is the BAC (breath alcohol content) level, if you have submitted to a breathalyzer test. If you're BAC level is .08 or higher, but less than .10, the duration of loss of license is three months. (For first offense only) If you you're BAC level is .10 or higher, the duration of the loss of license is seven months to one year. (First offense only) Another factor considered is whether you have prior DWI convictions. The duration of the loss of license for a Second offense is two years, and ten years for a third offense.
There are other issues that can affect the duration of loss of license, and of course there are other penalties in addition to loss of license.
Fines. For a first offense, if your BAC (blood alcohol content) level is .08 or greater, but less than .10, the fine is a minimum of $250 up to $400. If it is a first offense and your BAC level is .10 or higher, then the fine is a minimum of $300 up to $500. For a second offense, the fine is a minimum of $500 up to $1000. If it is a third offense, the fine is $1000. The fines for a DWI in New Jersey are higher where the offense is committed within a school zone. (Within 1000 feet of a school). When the DWI offense was committed within a school zone, the fines are as follows: for a first offense, the fine is a minimum of $500 up to $800; for a second offense, the fine is a minimum of $1000 up to $2000; for a third offense, the fine is $2000. There may be other costs and penalties associated with DWI convictions, but the above fines are the statutory fines that will be imposed.
Jail-Time. If you are convicted of a DWI in New Jersey, you may face jail-time. For a first offense, jail-time is generally not imposed, however, the court has discretion to impose a jail sentence of up to 30 days. For a second offense, there is a mandatory jail sentence of 48 hours, and at the discretion of the court, can be up to 90 days. If a jail sentence is imposed for a first or second offense, the court may approve a release into a work release program. For a third offense, there is a mandatory jail sentence of 180 days. However, the court has discretion to reduce the jail sentence by the number of days spent in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation inpatient program, not exceeding 90 days. Additionally, there are enhanced jail sentences for a DWI conviction where the offense was committed within a school zone. (within 1000 feet of a school) The foregoing is a brief summary of the potential jail sentences associated with a DWI conviction in New Jersey. ... Read More