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The real cost of a DUI

DUIs can be very expensive, but not always in the way you would think. While the state of New Jersey imposes fines, fees and surcharges for both first-time and repeat offenses, there are other costs to be aware of.

New Jersey does not offer diversion programs to DUI offenders

In many states, first-time DUI offenders can participate in diversionary programs that allow them to avoid the harsh penalties of a conviction and keep their records clean. While New Jersey does have diversion programs - such as the Pre-Trial Intervention Program ("PTI"), the Conditional Discharge Program and the Conditional Dismissal Program - for certain offenses, none of these programs apply to DUI. However, that does not mean your case is hopeless.

New Jersey has strict shoplifting penalties

If you are convicted of shoplifting in New Jersey, you will pay for two things: your crime and your conviction. In New Jersey, shoplifting penalties include fines, community service and possible jail times. But, they also allow store owners to recover all of their monetary losses linked to the shoplifting. This might even include the store owners' court fees.

Are juvenile records really private?

Everyone knows juvenile records are sealed and can't be viewed by anyone....right? Wrong. While it is true that juvenile records are "strictly safeguarded" in New Jersey, they are not completely hidden from public view. In fact, juvenile records are accessible by more people than you may think.

What is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)?

In New Jersey, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police have tools, like the Breathalyzer, to measure the amount of alcohol in a driver's blood. However, determining whether a driver is under the influence of drugs - and whether those drugs have caused impaired driving - is more difficult.

New Jersey's marijuana possession laws

The legalization of marijuana is a hot topic in the U.S. Many states have taken steps toward its de-criminalization, while others still issue severe criminal punishments for possessing even small amounts of marijuana - New Jersey lies somewhere in the middle. While it is still illegal to possess marijuana for non-medical purposes, the laws have lightened the punishments for users possessing very small amounts of pot.

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