Some people believe the myth that a DUI/DWI arrest is "no big deal." After all, New Jersey classifies them as traffic offenses instead of as crimes, so they can't be that bad, right? Simply put, this is quite wrong. Yes, New Jersey statutes separate DUI from such violent crimes as murder and assault, but this doesn't mean it isn't still a very serious offense.
A drunk driving conviction comes with a host of serious consequences, including jail time, large fines, social stigma and the costs associated with installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device in some instances. Once convicted, you'll also have a lifelong offense on your driving record. It may not show up on a standard criminal background check, but it will definitely be visible if someone like a potential employer pulls your driving history.