East Brunswick NJ School Zone DUI Lawyer
DWI in a School Zone Defense Attorneys in Middlesex County, New Jersey
In December 1999, the New Jersey Legislature mandated that penalties for DWI offenses be enhanced in certain cases. This includes cases in which individuals who, at the time of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, were within 1000 feet of a school property or drove through a school crossing. The “school zone” need not actually surround a school, but also includes any property a) used for school purposes or; b) owned or leased by an elementary, secondary school, or school board.
The statute, governed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(g), is strict liability in nature and prosecuted very aggressively by New Jersey municipal courts. In order to prove that a DWI in a school zone occurred, the State need only show that the person was within a 1000 of school property or through a school crossing as designated by ordinance. Furthermore, it does not matter if the offense occurs outside of school hours and with no children present. This includes most cases, but the New Jersey Legislature created a 24-hour, 7 day a week safety zone around schools.
Penalties for DWI in a School Zone in New Jersey
The penalties for a violation N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(g) are severe and issued in addition to the standard DWI penalties. They include:
- 1-2 year loss of license
- Up to 60 days in jail
- $500-$800 fine
- Extended IDRC
- Ignition Interlock
Contact an Edison NJ School Zone DWI Attorney for a Free Consultation
It is for these reasons that a DWI in a School Zone is a very serious charge. Our attorneys handle a large amount of DWI, Refusal, and DWI in a School Zone cases throughout Middlesex County including in Woodbridge, Edison, Old Bridge, Sayreville, Plainsboro, Cranbury, Highland Park, South Plainfield, and East Brunswick. For a free consultation about your charges for driving under the influence in a school zone, contact us at (732) 659-9600 or visit our conveniently located Edison office.