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The true impact of an aggravated DUI conviction

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2022 | DUI

If you have been arrested and charged with an aggravated DUI, it can be a scary and overwhelming situation. Many people facing DUI charges are worried about the possibility of jail time. 

While this is a potential consequence of a New Jersey DUI conviction, other consequences can also impact your life. Understanding the big picture can help you see why having a strong DUI defense is so important. 

The financial impact of a conviction

A standard first-time DUI conviction usually is treated relatively lightly compared to a conviction for an aggravated DUI. While there are numerous reasons that you could end up with an aggravated DUI charge, the most common include having a BAC of 0.10% or higher or being under the influence of drugs when you’re arrested.

If convicted, this charge results in a fine between $300 and $500. You will also have a fee of $230 for IDRC, which is New Jersey’s Intoxicated Driving Program. Other fees that apply include $100 to both the drunk driving fund and AERF (Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund), $1,000 per year for three years as a surcharge and $75 to the Neighborhood Services fund. 

The inconvenience factor of losing your license

For the DUI conviction mentioned above, you can lose your license for seven months to one year. You will have to rely on family and friends for rides or public transportation during this time. This can create serious problems in your life, limiting where you live, work and travel.

It’s important to know your legal options when facing DUI charges. This will help you see why it is so important to have a strong defense to try to beat the charges and avoid the significant consequences a conviction carries.