Weehawken NJ Underage DWI Attorneys
In Hudson County, New Jersey, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14, it is illegal for any person under the legal age (21) to operate a motor vehicle. This means that any amount of alcohol, even it is reads 0.01% on the Alcotest, constitutes a violation. This is well-below the standard 0.08% required for DWI charges against those legally of age to consume alcohol. College campuses like Stevens Institute of Technology, St. Peter’s University and the Hudson County Community College are fertile grounds for underage drinking and subsequent driving to occur. If convicted, you will be facing substantial fiscal penalties, license suspension and registration with an alcohol education program. If you or someone you know has been charged with a driving while intoxicated charge in towns like Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, Harrison, Secaucus or West New York for over fifteen years. Our office possess some unique qualifications when it comes to defending individuals charged with driving while intoxicated. For more information on our New Jersey DWI defense qualifications please check out our driving while intoxicated practice series by clicking the link. If you would like a free initial consultation with any one of our eight Jersey City, New Jersey DUI attorneys, please contact our Hudson County office directly at (201) 309-1800. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have regarding a refusal to submit to a breath sample, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, driving under the influence of drugs or driving while intoxicated.
What is an Underage DWI in New Jersey?
New Jersey’s Underage DWI law is relatively simple. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14, it is illegal for any person under the legal age to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01% or more, but less than 0.08%, by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. Therefore, any trace whatsoever of alcohol will result in a conviction under this statute.
Will I lose my License for an Underage DWI?
Yes. Specifically, the convicted driver will forfeit his right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of New Jersey or shall be prohibited from obtaining a license to operate a motor vehicle in this State for a period of not less than thirty (30) or more than ninety (90) days beginning on the date he becomes eligible to obtain a license or on the day of conviction, whichever is later. In addition, there will be mandatory community service imposed for a period of not less than fifteen (15) and not more than thirty (30) days. Lastly, the person must satisfy the program and fee requirements of an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center or participate in a program of alcohol education and highway safety. These are all separate from the heavy fines and financial penalties the court is allowed to impose on the driver.
Jersey City, NJ Underage DUI Defense Firm
The Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall has the skill set required to successfully represent defendant’s charged with a DWI in Hudson County. For assistance with you pending Underage DWI, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall in Jersey City, NJ. Our firm has over 100 years of combined legal experience and can assist you with your pending charges. We offer free initial consultations and can be reached at (201) 309-1800 24/7.