New Jersey has some of the toughest DWI/ DUI laws in the country. Choosing the right lawyer to represent you in connection with your DWI arrest is not easy. I am one of the few lawyers in the State (maybe 20 nationwide) who is certified by Drager in the administration, technology, and procedure for the Alcotest instrument (formerly the Breathalyzer) and by the National Transportation Safety Administration in the administration of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk and Turn, One-leg Stand). This training has been instrumental in defending my DWI clients during trial.
DWI or DUI litigation, although adjudicated in the municipal court, is an extremely serious offense. In New Jersey DWI (driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence) is considered quasi criminal offense, but it is a violation charged under the motor vehicle statute.
Although the fines are high, the most serious consequence that most face is the loss of license, with the exception of a third offense DWI charge which exposes the defendant to a mandatory 6 month jail term. Jail, albeit possible for first or second offenses, is unlikely under normal circumstances (absent any aggravating factors). For a first offense DWI, the defendant faces up to 1 year loss of license. For a second offense DUI/DWI, the defendant faces a mandatory 2 year loss of license if convicted. For a third offense, ten years.
There are no provisional/occupational driver’s license in New Jersey. If you are licensed in another state, a conviction for DWI or DUI will likely result in a suspension in your home state.
Living in New Jersey without a license is like living without food. It is next to impossible. Accordingly, you want to be sure that you are hiring a lawyer that absolutely knows how to defend a DWI case. This means proper certification in the administration of the Alcotest and Field Sobriety Tests, trial experience, and a proven track record of success.
Of course, choosing an attorney who has all this and charges a fair and reasonable fee can be difficult. I can provide all of this.
If you have any questions, please contact my office and I will speak to your personally then and on all subsequent occasions. I handle all my cases, every court appearance, every phone call.