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New Jersey Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
South Brunswick NJ Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Lawyer
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represents clients charged with DWI throughout Middlesex County including in its busiest drunk driving jurisdictions of Woodbridge, New Brunswick, East Brunswick, Edison and Sayreville. If you are looking information regarding the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, our DWI lawyers have the experience you need. We are the largest DUI defense firm in the county with several former municipal prosecutors on our staff. To speak to a lawyer on our team immediately, call our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.
New Jersey Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)
If you have been convicted of a drunk driving offense in New Jersey, you will be required to attend the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) as part of your sentence. If you are a first time offender, you will be sentenced to a minimum of twelve (12) hours in the IDRC. If you are a second time offender, you will be sentenced to a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours in the IDRC. If you are a third time offender, you will be sentenced to 180 days in jail (half of which can be served at an inpatient rehabilitation facility). When you are released from jail or rehab, you must submit to a twelve (12) hour IDRC evaluation.
The authority for IDRC comes from section (f) of the DWI statute in New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 (New Jersey Drunk Driving Statute) which provides in pertinent part that:
(f) The counties, in cooperation with the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the commission, but subject to the approval of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, shall designate and establish on a county or regional basis Intoxicated Driver Resource Centers. These centers shall have the capability of serving as community treatment referral centers and as court monitors of a person’s compliance with the ordered treatment, service alternative or community service. All centers established pursuant to this subsection shall be administered by a counselor certified by the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Board of New Jersey or other professional with a minimum of five years’ experience in the treatment of alcoholism. All centers shall be required to develop individualized treatment plans for all persons attending the centers; provided that the duration of any ordered treatment or referral shall not exceed one year. It shall be the center’s responsibility to establish networks with the community alcohol and drug education, treatment and rehabilitation resources and to receive monthly reports from the referral agencies regarding a person’s participation and compliance with the program. Nothing in this subsection shall bar these centers from developing their own education and treatment programs; provided that they are approved by the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Upon a person’s failure to report to the initial screening or any subsequent ordered referral, the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center shall promptly notify the sentencing court of the person’s failure to comply.
Required detention periods at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Centers shall be determined according to the individual treatment classification assigned by the Intoxicated Driving Program Unit. Upon attendance at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, a person shall be required to pay a per diem fee of $75.00 for the first offender program or a per diem fee of $100.00 for the second offender program, as appropriate. Any increases in the per diem fees after the first full year shall be determined pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services in consultation with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c. 410.
What Can I Expect In Dealing With The IDRC?
The IDRC is a program designed to evaluate and provide alcohol and driver education classes to those convicted of drunk driving in New Jersey. In the program, participants attend mandatory alcohol and highway safety education courses. The program also evaluates participants for potential drug and alcohol problems and determines any necessary treatment. If treatment is necessary, the IDRC refers the participant to a provider for a minimum 16-week treatment program. The participant may also supplement any treatment with his or her own self-help meetings (such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)). Finally, the IDRC monitors compliance and reports any issues to the Municipal Court and the Motor Vehicle Commission. Failure to attend mandated IDRC as required by a DWI sentence typically results in jail time.
Piscataway NJ DWI Attorneys
For additional information, contact a DWI defense lawyer in the Piscataway Office of The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. Our team of former prosecutors and skilled attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience defending DUI charges throughout Middlesex County including in Piscataway NJ. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak with you at 732-562-0308.