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      02-21-2012, 02:50 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Alpineweiss e90 View Post
A DUI and a DWI is different.

And you will most likely getting other tickets in addition to a DWI. So if you do a hit and run, you take the DWI out of the equation.
In NJ, the law makes no distinction between DUI and DWI. It's true that getting convicted with a DUI/DWI charge will result in extensive fines, DMV surcharges, possible license suspension and incarceration (depending on blood alcohol level), a DUI/DWI is still resolved as a traffic violation while a hit and run offense will result in a much more serious conviction.

In NJ, the court system is extremely aggressive with felony hit and run violations (hit and runs that result in either injury or death to the victim.) NJ also has no provisions for lighter sentencing of first time felony hit and run offenders. As a result, you'll receive stiffer punishments that include likely jail-time, extensive fines and longer term residual damages than you would with a DUI/DWI, such as increased insurance premiums, longer term loss of license, etc.

You're much better off with a DUI/DWI conviction.
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