School Zone DWI

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has experience in handling operating while intoxicated, operating under the influence, and refusal charges while in a school zone. The law in New Jersey imposes enhanced penalties where an individual violates the drinking and driving statute while within 1000 feet of a school zone. It is also important to keep in mind that if an individual is convicted of a school zone DWI, DUI or school zone refusal to submit, the conviction shall be treated as a separate offense.

The penalties for a first offense DWI or DUI in a school zone are: (1) a fine of between $606 and $1006; (2) a jail term of up to 60 days; and (3) suspension of driving privileges for one to two years. A second offense carries the following penalties: (1) a fine of between $1006 and $2006; (2) a jail term of 96 hours to 180 days; and (3) suspension of driving privileges for not less than 4 years. Conviction of a third offense includes penalties of: (1) a fine of $2006; (2) a jail term of 180 days; and (3) suspension of driving privileges for 20 years.

It is important to note that while the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has handled school zone drinking and driving charges, we have never had a client convicted of the offense or subject to the enhanced penalties of the statute. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have been charged.

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