Anyone who drives drunk on New Jersey roadways can be convicted of a DWI no matter what state you’re from. While you will face the same penalties for a DWI as a New Jersey resident, the state of New Jersey can only impose these penalties within state borders. For example, if you are from Pennsylvania and are charged with a DWI in New Jersey, the state can only revoke your driving privileges in New Jersey, not Pennsylvania.
That being said, however, it is still very likely that you will face charges at home alongside New Jersey penalties.
New Jersey is part the Driver License Compact which is a collection of 45 states that exchange information regarding traffic violations of non-residents. If you commit a traffic violation in a state other than your own, that state will relay this information to your home state. If you’re convicted of a DWI in New Jersey, you will not only be suspended from New Jersey roadways but your home state will place penalties of their own according to its own laws and guidelines. If you are charged with a DWI while in New Jersey, contact an attorney immediately to avoid license suspension and hefty fines.
If you’re a New Jersey resident and you’ve been charged with a DWI in an outside state, it’s crucial to note that this will count as another offense. That means if you’ve previously been charged with a DWI in New Jersey, the out-of-state violation will count as a second offense and result in harsher penalties.
Whether you were arrested in New Jersey or outside the Garden State, a DWI is a serious offense with serious consequences. At the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., our experienced DWI attorneys will work aggressively without rest until your charges are reduced or even dropped. The consequences of a DWI are too severe, call us today to ensure the best possible outcome!