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New Jersey DUI Laws (Part A)

If you have been injured in a car accident in New Jersey because of the negligence of someone driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, you can pursue civil litigation while the state pursues criminal litigation.

Under New Jersey DUI laws, motorists could be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher while operating a motor vehicle or boat.

A New Jersey DUI conviction, which is a criminal offense, carries steep penalties; yet alcohol-related accidents continue to occur. As the victim of a DUI accident in New Jersey, you should consult with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer to learn about your rights to file a New Jersey personal injury claim against those responsible for your injuries. 

Personal Injury Claim After a DUI Accident in New Jersey

By filing a personal injury claim, which is civil litigation, you may be able to receive compensation for:

  • medical expenses;
  • lost wages (current and future);
  • pain and suffering; and possibly
  • punitive damages. 

Your New Jersey personal injury lawyer will be able to estimate the amount of compensation you would be entitled to, which depends on several variables. 

Criminal Penalties for a New Jersey DUI Conviction

The criminal penalties for the first-time offender in a New Jersey DUI conviction include:

  • fines, surcharges and fees;
  • suspension of driver's license;
  • an ignition interlock device (depending on BAC levels);
  • jail time; and
  • community service. 

Immediately After A DUI Accident in New Jersey 

After your DUI accident in New Jersey, you can do a few things to strengthen your personal injury claim. If you're physically able, there are several things you can do at the scene of the accident.

Otherwise, a friend, family member or New Jersey personal injury lawyer can take the following action for you, including:

  • Write down information about the accident - do this as soon as you can, while your mind is still fresh.
  • Take notes of conversations - this should include conversations you had with other people who were involved in the DUI accident.
  • Take pictures - if you're able, take photos of any property damage, your injuries and the general area.
  • Ask any witnesses for their contact information - get email addresses and phone numbers and let them know that you or an attorney will contact them. 

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