New Jersey Alcohol and Crime Briefs

December 2012

A state bill introduced in New Jersey would increase penalties for driving drunk with a minor as a passenger. Under current law, a person convicted of drunken driving is guilty of a disorderly persons offense, which is punishable by imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. Under the proposed bill (A1015), a parent or guardian who is convicted of drunk driving with a minor as a passenger would still be guilty of a disorderly persons offense, but the parent or guardian would also be guilty of a fourth-degree crime if the violation results in bodily injury to the minor.

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