Intoxicated Driving ProgramA conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey comes with many different consequences including suspension of your driver’s license, fines, and even possible time spent in jail. In addition to these consequences, NJ requires that any alcohol offenders attend an intoxicated driving program (IDP), which are conducted by the Intoxicated Driver Resource Centers (IDRC). You must attend a program in order to have your driver’s license reinstated. You can generally attend the IDRC nearest you and the content of your specific course will depend on the circumstances of your case.

Your IDP will include the following:

  • Classes on Alcohol and Highway Safety Education
  • Undergoing an alcohol and drug evaluation by a professional at the IDRC

Attending an IDP can be very time-consuming. The amount of time you will have to spend in class will depend on your prior convictions and other factors. For example, most first-time offenders will need to attend class for 12 hours total. Second-time DWI offenders must attend class for 48 hours. For any additional offenses, you will have to attend classes while you are detained in jail.

In addition, if the IDRC determines that you are in need of alcohol or drug treatment, you will be required to attend a treatment program for at least 16 weeks. As you can imagine, IDRC can significantly interfere with your work, school, or other obligations.

IDRC can have a significant impact on your wallet, as well. Of course, attendance in these classes or the evaluations come at a price. In fact, you will owe fees to both the IDRC and to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). These fees include:

  • $100 to the MVC for attendance fees
  • $230 to the IRDC ($280 for second offenders)
  • $100 to the MVC for license restoration

While many people may think an IDP is a relatively minor penalty, it can cause significant financial and time-management problems for you following a DWI.

Call a NJ DUI Defense Attorney for More Information Today

If you have been arrested for a DWI, you are facing serious penalties that can affect your life in a number of ways. Not only will you likely pay thousands of dollars in fees and other costs, you will also have to spend a significant amount of time dealing with alcohol evaluations, court appearances, community service, and arranging other forms of transportation while your license is suspended. Fortunately, Edward V. Murachanian is here to help. Call our office today at 732-477-3030 to schedule a free consultation.