If you are convicted for a drunk driving (DWI) offense in New Jersey, you will be sentenced to mandatory time at the intoxicated driver resource center (known as “IDRC”). For a first offense, you are facing a mandatory twelve hours which is typically split into 2 six-hour alcohol awareness classes. At the IDRC center you are required to participate in Alcohol and Highway Safety Education programs. At this time, the center will evaluate you for alcohol or drug problems and determine whether or not treatment is necessary. If they decide treatment is needed they will refer you to a minimum 16-week treatment program. You will also have the option of attending a self-help group.

The IDRC will monitor your participation and report back to the courts. By fulfilling these requirements you will take the steps needed to restore your license. Non-compliance will extend your license suspension and may land you jail time as well. There are also several fees and charges involved. The attendance fee is $100 and there are additional fees that will be determined by how many prior offenses you have. There is also a $100 fee to restore your license at the end of the program.

There is an IDRC located in every county in the State of New Jersey for first and third-time offenders. There are three regional IDRC centers for second-time offenders. To locate a center in your county or region you can visit http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Violations/dui_Intoxicated.htm.