New Jersey does not have a specific charge called "felony DWI." Although many states categorize DWI charges as either misdemeanors or felonies, New Jersey classifies all DWI offenses as serious traffic violations.
However, New Jersey does have strict laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), which is commonly referred to as drunk driving. In New Jersey, a DWI offense is typically considered a motor vehicle offense rather than a felony crime.
Under New Jersey law, the severity of a DWI offense is determined by factors such as blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and previous DWI convictions. The penalties for DWI in New Jersey become increasingly severe for repeat offenses and higher BAC levels. These penalties can include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, community service, and even jail time.
In some cases, certain circumstances can elevate a DWI offense to a more serious charge. For example, if a drunk driving incident results in serious injury or death, the driver may face additional charges such as assault by auto or vehicular homicide, which can be felony offenses carrying significant penalties.
Regardless, DWI is a serious offense that can have significant consequences for your life. If you are facing such charges, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately and take steps to address any underlying issues. At Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC, we have extensive experience defending clients against a variety of DWI offenses in New Jersey.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can defend you against serious DWI charges.