While all instances of driving while intoxicated (DWI) are taken seriously in New Jersey, certain factors can make a DWI offense worse. One of these factors is driving in a school zone under the influence of alcohol. If you or someone close to you has been arrested for a DWI in a school zone, it is imperative to consult a skilled New Jersey DWI attorney who can protect your rights. We understand that dealing with drunk driving charges can be extremely stressful, which is why we will keep you informed about the status of your case throughout the entire process.
In New Jersey, a person is deemed to be driving under the influence of alcohol if he or she operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. The BAC limit for drivers under the age of 21 is 0.02 percent. The BAC limit for commercial drivers is 0.04 percent.
An individual can be charged with a DWI or refusal to submit to chemical breath testing if the individual got behind the wheel in a school zone when the offense occurred. It is important to note that you can be found guilty of a DWI in a school zone even if officers outside a school zone stop your vehicle. The prosecution only needs to prove you were driving in a school zone, irrespective of where the stop took place.