DWI in Pennsauken, N.J.

The Penalties Associated with Driving While Intoxicated

By Sierra Morrison

A Pennsauken, N.J. woman on Feb. 25 pleaded guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated. Cheryl Gibson pleaded guilty in Pennsauken Municipal Court.

Gibson’s public defender asked Judge Steven Petrillo to be lenient when sentencing Gibson since it was her first offense of driving while intoxicated. Petrillo said, “Her blood alcohol content was .17, the [legal] limit is .08.”

Petrillo asked Gibson the following questions, “Did you knowingly consume alcohol during the operation of a motor vehicle?” Gibson responded with “Yes Your Honor.” Petrillo asked, “What type of alcoholic beverage did you consume?” Gibson responded with “Vodka Your Honor.”

Petrillo said, “By pleading guilty you face the following penalties: up to 30 days in jail, a $250-$500 fine, a $230 Intoxication Driving Resource Center fee, $100 to the drunk driving fund, $100 to The Alcohol Education Resource and Rehabilitation Fund, 7 months to 1 year loss of license, a $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge, $75 to The Neighborhood Services Fund, 48 hours in an Intoxication Drivers Resources Center and installation of an ignition interlock device.”

Petrillo mentioned that a second drunk driving offense within 10 years would result in 30 days in jail, a $500-$1,000 fine, a $280 Intoxication Driving Resource Center fee, $100 to the drunk driving fund, $100 to the Alcohol Education Resource and Rehabilitation Fund, 7 months to 1 year loss of license, a $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge, $75 to the Neighborhood Services Fund, 30 days of community service, 48 hours in an Intoxication Drivers Resources Center and installation of an ignition interlock device during license suspension.”

After reading the possible penalties, Petrillo asked the defendant, “Do you still wish to plead guilty?” Gibson responded with “Yes.”

Petrillo issued a $350 fine, a $230 Intoxication Driving Resource Center fee, $100 to the drunk driving fund, $100 to The Alcohol Education Resource and Rehabilitation Fund, 7 month loss of license, a $1,000 surcharge, $75 to The Neighborhood Services Fund, 48 hours in an Intoxication Drivers Resources Center, installation of an ignition interlock device, $33 in court fees, $75 safe harbor fee and $200 public defender fee. Petrillo said, “You have 20 days to appeal my ruling. Please go to the cashier’s window to fill out court documents and pay court costs.”

Gibson left the court before she could be asked for comment.

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