H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C.
NJ DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyers
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
G-10 Brier Hill Court, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040
Fine: $250 to $400.00
Surcharge: $1000/yr for 3
Detainment: 12 to 48 hours
at Intoxicated Driver
Resource Center (IDRC).
Ignition Interlock:
3 months
Loss of License:
90 days or until ignition
interlock installed
Jail: Up to 30 days
Additional Important NJ DUI and DWI Facts:

In the State of New Jersey the following offenses are not considered different:
DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
DUI, (Driving While Under the Influence
Driving While Impaired
Refusal to Take Breath Test

Example: You had a prior Driving While Intoxicated conviction downgraded in another state to Driving While
Impaired.  Your conviction downgrade would not be upheld by the New Jersey courts and you would be
sentenced as if the downgrade never happened.
Thus, if you received another DWI in N.J. you would be sentenced in New Jersey as if you received a conviction
for the original DWI charge and you would be sentenced as a second time offender.

The State of New Jersey
not recognize any other states downgrade of a DWI / DUI Charge

In The State of New Jersey
The penalties for refusal to submit to any alcohol, blood or urine test can be the same or more than you would
have gotten should you have been convicted of the actual DWI or DUI Charge

In the State of New Jersey
A DWI or DUI may be proven by 4 methods:
Breath Test
Blood Test
Urine Test
Roadside Physical Tests

The five most common roadside physical tests used to prove a DWI or DUI in NJ
Gaze Nystagmus (following pen or finger)
Walk and Turn
One legged stand
Recite the alphabet test
Touch Thumb to Digits

Most DWI Arrests in NJ are not criminal offenses and are considered traffic offenses with jail terms possible
(1st offense) and mandatory (2nd and 3rd+ Offenses)  However, many countries including Canada don't
recognize this fact and consider it the same as a felony criminal offense for denial of entry purposes.  Thus, you
may be barred from entering that foreign country for life that you always dreamed to see even just for a short
vacation or cruise.  If you are an immigrant a DWI in NJ can mean the revocation of your status or even
deportation or removal.
H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C. Main office address: G-10 Brier HIll Court, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816, Satellite Office: 1028 Route #23 North Wayne, NJ.  Please
consult the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice and Motor Vehicle Laws for complete details on all fines and penalties relating to your NJ DUI or DWI.  The
penalties listed in this notice are for informational purposes only do not rely on said information without speaking with a lawyer as serious errors may exist on this
website or the information may be out of date.  Past performance of our New Jersey DWI Lawyers is not indicative of future performance and each case is fact
sensitive, thus, the need for the in office consultation for our New Jersey DWI Attorneys to evaluate your case.  Some penalties may not apply to out of state
residents, please consult an attorney in your state of residence. If a person has a professional license in NJ there may be a separate additional action relating to
that individual's ability to practice their profession. Different Penalties may apply to prior DWI and DUI convictions over 10 years old. All NJ DWI / DUI penalties
listed are accurate as of date and time of publication and are subject to change at any time without notice as NJ DWI law, NJ DWI penalties and NJ DWI defenses
are constantly changing.
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NJ DWI and DUI Penalties:
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by the National Trial Lawyers Association to be one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers 7 years in a row.  If you need to win your DWI then, put
Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg's proven success record to work for you.    In nearly every DWI or DUI case he has defended in NJ he has reduced
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2nd Offense DWI / DUI Penalties
3rd Offense DWI / DUI Penalties
Fine: $500 to $1,000.00
Surcharge: $1000/yr for 3 years
Detainment: 48 hours at Intoxicated Driver
Resource Center (IDRC)
Ignition Interlock Device: during
revocation and 2 to 4 years after driving
privileges are restored
Loss of License: 1 to 2 Years
Loss of Registration Privileges: 2 Years
Community Service: 30 Days
Jail: Minimum 2 up to 90 days

Penalties noted above for a 2nd offense DWI or DUI
are the same for being under the influence of Drugs
or Alcohol
Fine: $1,000.00
Surcharge: $1000/yr for 3 years
Ignition Interlock Device: during
revocation and 2 to 4 years after driving
privileges are restored.
Loss of License: 8 years
Loss of Registration Privileges: 8 years
Jail: Mandatory 180 Days of which up to
90 days may be spent at an approved drug
or alcohol inpatient rehabilitation program

Penalties noted above for a 3rd offense DWI or DUI
are the same for being under the influence of Drugs
or Alcohol
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The NJ DWI and The Blood
or Urine Test:
In New Jersey the alcotest
machine is the primary test used to
prove intoxication for a DWI / DUI
in New Jersey. This machine
although not without its glitches is
considered scientifically reliable
and without evidence to the
contrary will result in a DWI
conviction.  Attorney H. Scott
Aalsberg knows the
alcotest and
knows these glitches and the
defenses to use.  Attorney H. Scott
Aalsberg even taught these
defenses to other NJ Lawyers.  Put
the best chance of success on
your side and put Attorney H. Scott
Aalsberg, Esq., to work for you!
The NJ DWI and
The Physical Tests:
In New Jersey before we had
machines that could test for the
amount of alcohol in the body we
had physical tests.  If the machine
that tested is proven to be broken
by you DWI Lawyer, your DWI Lawyer
must know also how to defeat the
physical tests given when you were
at the roadside.   Although
appearing easy these tests require
both proper motor function and
cognitive function.  DWI Lawyer H.
Scott Aalsberg has defeated these
tests in numerous trials.  Put the
best chance of success on your
side and put Attorney H. Scott
Aalsberg, Esq., to work for you.
H. Scott Aalsbeg, Esq., P.C.
The NJ DWI Defense Lawyer
G-10 Brier Hill Court, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, NJ 08831
Both Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving While Under the Influence (DUI) are classified in New Jersey as a motor
vehicle offense unless a party is injured in an accident, in which case it can then be charged as a criminal offense.  Once
convicted in New Jersey you cannot expunge the record of a DWI or DUI off your license, regardless of how much time has
passed.  Therefore, to keep your low insurance rates and your driving record clean an expert defense is needed.  In many
cases our defense costs less than just your first years insurance premium increase should you be convicted.  Each DWI/DUI
is based on different facts and circumstances.  If any attorney quotes you a fee before asking about your case you know that
you went to the wrong lawyer as you will not be getting a defense tailored to your case.  At the Law Office of Attorney H.
Scott Aalsberg we are committed to helping you win your case.  It is against the law for an attorney to guarantee a result,
however, by choosing the best DWI / DUI attorney you put the best chance of winning on your side.  Call today and set up
your free in office consultation.  The more time we have to work on your case the better the chance of achieving the winning
DWI result you need.  
In State vs. Bhavuk Uppal: The NJ Appellate Court ruled
that:  Where an ambulance drives the defendant to the
hospital and not the cops, a blood test taken as a
routine medical procedure and not at the request of the
police can be used against the defendant to prove
intoxication by drugs or alcohol.  In this case a warrant
was issued after the draw and a 2nd draw was taken.  
However the court still allowed into evidence the
original draw of blood without the warrant on the basis
that the blood and urine samples taken before issuance
of the search warrant were drawn as part of
defendant's medical care for injuries he suffered in the
This case shows the courts will bend over backwards to
rule against a defendant, thus the reasons you need
the best lawyer if you want a chance to Win!
Recent DWI Ruling:
The NJ DWI and
The Breath Test:
The blood/urine test is the least used
test to prove a DWI due to the tests
expense.  Due to the high cost, a drug
or urine test is generally only used in
accident cases or when drugs rather
than alcohol intoxication is suspected.  
Normally the blood draw or urine
sample will occur at a hospital or other
emergency facility by a doctor or
nurse.  These tests are the most
accurate tests for blood alcohol
concentration.  If the driver does not
or cannot consent to the test, a search
warrant must be issued by a judge
showing the reason for the test, with
the most used reason being: exigent
circumstances.  Generally a police
officer can establish the probable
cause, the exigent circumstances and
the overall reasonableness of the
police conduct warranting the need for
the test.  The best way to attack a DWI
in NJ with a blood or urine test is by
attacking: 1) the procedures used to
draw the blood or urine, and 2) the
chain of custody of the kit used and
sample tested.  A DWI with a blood or
urine test is considered the hardest
DWI test to beat by most DWI lawyers.
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Recent DWI Case
In a recent NJ Supreme Court Case
the court eased the rules for when a
police officer may take a blood
sample without a warrant for a DWI
charge.  In State vs. Shayna
Zalcberg. Prior to this case the court
had mandated that a warrant was
required for any draw of blood.  The
court reasoned since the Police
Officers in question were new on the
force and had never been taught the
procedure on how to obtain a search
warrant and the fact that the alcohol
would naturally disspate the court
held the taking of the blood sample
was constitutional under exigency
circumstances.  Therefore, as you
can see from this case even the NJ
Courts court will bend over
backwards to sustain a DWI
conviction and use the excuse that
the police were not trained yet as an
excuse to sustain a conviction.
Important DWI Ruling:
In State vs. Gindhart The court ruled that there was
no good public policy reason for requiring
videotaping of Alcotests and thus not required. In
this case, the court found sufficient evidence to
conclude that defendant's Alcotest was properly
administered based on the word of the officer
giving the test.  The court also ruled that
defendant's expert testimony supporting his claim
that his GERD interfered with his Alcotest sample
was not scientifically reliable to be used a defense
to his conviction.
BAC .08 to .99
BAC .10 to .149 or DUI
BAC .150+
Fine: $250 to $400.00
Surcharge: $1000/yr for 3
Detainment: 12 to 48 hours at
Intoxicated Driver Resource
Center (IDRC).
Ignition Interlock:
7 months to 12 months
Loss of License:
90 days or until ignition
interlock is installed
Jail: Up to 30 days
Fine: $250 to $400.00
Surcharge: $1000/yr for 3
Detainment: 12 to 48 hours at
Intoxicated Driver Resource
Center (IDRC).
Ignition Interlock:
9 to 15 months
Loss of License:
4 to 6 months suspension
suspended time is not
counted for suspension until
ignition interlock is installed
Jail: Up to 30 days
1st Offense School Zone DWI / DUI Penalties
2nd Offense School Zone DWI / DUI Penalties
3rd Offense School DWI / DUI Penalties
NJ DWI and DUI Penalties within 1000 Feet of a School or School Crossing:
This law has been temporarily suspended until 12/1/2024.  Anyone charged under this law from 12/1/2019 to 11/30/2024 has a defense.
Fine: $500.00 to $800.00
Loss of License:  1 to 2 Years
Jail:  up to 60 days
Fine: $1000.00 to $2000.00
Loss of License: 4 Years
Community Service: 60 Days
Jail: Minimum 4 days up to 180 days
Fine: $2000.00
Loss of License: 20 Years
Loss of Registration Privileges: 2 Years
Jail: 180 days
Note:  Pursuant to NJ Law It is not a defense that the driver was unaware that the prohibited conduct took place while on or within 1,000 feet of any school property or while driving through
a school crossing.  Nor is it relevant to the imposition of sentence that no juveniles were present at the time of the offense or that the school was not in session or it was after school
hours.  Under New Jersey Law you may be charged with both a DWI and a DWI in a school zone. All Penalties for both DWI or DUI are the same for school zones.
1st Offense DWI / DUI Penalties 39:4-50
First Offense Penalties are Dependent on BAC Level:
39:4-50A NJ DUI Penalties 1st Offense for being under influence of
drugs either prescribed or illegal:
Surcharges $1000.00/yr for 3 years, Detainment at IRDC for 12 to 48 hours,
Mandatory loss of license for 7 to 12 months and up to 30 days in Jail
NJ DWI Refusal Penalties 39:4-50.4A:
Fine: $300 to $500.00
Loss of License: until ignition interlock installed
Ignition Interlock: 9 to 15 months
IRDC/Jail: 12 to 48 hours
NJ has ruled since the 1980's that you don't need to be driving to be convicted for driving while
intoxicated or driving under the influence.  Driving is defined as the ability to operate the
vehicle not actually operating the vehicle.  A recent case in 2021 State vs. Lindsey: found that
where a driver was found outside of his car admitted to going to the bathroom and the troopers
testified that he was walking back to his car the defendant was convicted.  The court noted that
while the troopers did not observe defendant operating the vehicle or even in the car, the
defendant clearly had the intent to reenter and operate the vehicle when the troopers
happened upon him.  Thus you don't even need to be in your car to get a DWI, they only need to
prove intent that you intended to operate it.