In Ocean County and throughout New Jersey, DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) arrests are similarly prosecuted. Whether the source of the actual intoxication is alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or prescription medication, an individual who drives under the influence is subject to extremely severe consequences under New Jersey law.
New Jersey Law defines Drug DUI in 39: 4-50 as “a person who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of… narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug… or permits another person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug to operate a motor vehicle owned by him or in his custody or control.”
Driving under the Influence of Drugs Penalties in Ocean County
The fines, and penalties associated with DUI are severe if you simply accept your driving under the influence of drugs charge. A minimum surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years, fines and assessments of between $800 and $1,500, and increased insurance rates are some of the consequences you might be facing. There is also a mandatory drivers license suspension of 3 months to one year for a first offense, 2 years for a second offense, and 10 years for a third offense (or subsequent one). Jail is discretionary on a first offense but a mandatory 2-90 days for a second offense and 180 days for a third offense. As you can see, the consequences for your first, second, or third DUI charge are grave and carry the additional stigma and inconvenience regarding employment and transportation difficulties. Other penalties include mandatory drug and alcohol counseling, community service, and installation of an ignition interlock device. Other less obvious penalties include financial constraints, diminished reputation, and interference with job and family time. For more information on penalties, please see our New Jersye DUI Penalties Page.
Contact a Toms River NJ DUI Drug Attorney for Immediate Assistance
Drug DUI’s are extremely serious offenses that are accompanied by severe consequences. Therefore it is critical that you have a skilled Ocean County NJ DUI defense attorney fighting to minimize or extinguish the charges that you face. Will Proetta, Esq., is certified in standardized field sobriety instruction. This unique qualification allows our lawyers to understand the very specific protocol that offices must adhere to when conducting a Drug DUI arrest. If you are facing these severe charges in Jackson, Brick, Beachwood, Ship Bottom, or elsewhere in Ocean County, do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation at (848) 238-2100