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Can you get a DUI in New Jersey with just one drink after work?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | DWI Defense |

Many people enjoy going out for drinks after work to relax and unwind. However, in New Jersey, this seemingly harmless activity can lead to DUI charges.

This can be the case even if you had just one drink.

Effects of alcohol on driving abilities

Even a single drink can impair one’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. Alcohol affects cognitive functions, reaction times and coordination, all important for safe driving. Factors such as body weight, metabolism and alcohol tolerance can influence how quickly alcohol affects an individual.

Law enforcement officers in New Jersey undergo training to recognize signs of impairment during traffic stops. If they suspect a driver of being under the influence, they may conduct field sobriety tests and administer a breath test to measure the driver’s BAC. However, despite their training, officers can mistakenly think someone is drunk. Tests have their pitfalls as well.

Zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving

In New Jersey, the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers 21 and older is 0.08%. However, for drivers under 21, any measurable amount of alcohol in their system can result in a DUI charge. This can be the case regardless of whether the driver shows signs of impairment.

The penalties for a DUI conviction in New Jersey can be severe and may include fines, license suspension, mandatory participation in an alcohol education or treatment program and even jail time, especially for repeat offenders.

Consuming just one alcoholic beverage can lead to a DUI charge in New Jersey, particularly for drivers under 21. Understanding the laws and risks associated with drinking and driving is important for drivers.