Springfield NJ DWI Attorneys

dwi1DWI arrest in Springfield are common place. Route 22, Interstate 78, and Route 24/124 all run through the town. In addition, the town is centrally located and motorist frequently drive through the town as a via point towards their destinations. The result is frequent police traffic stops, DWI checkpoints, arrest, etc.

When choosing a DWI attorney to represents you, it is important to have a checklist of qualifications that you may be looking for. For example:

  • Does the attorney have familiarity with the court, its personnel, and the way the court functions administratively?
  • Does the lawyer have experience handling DWI matters in the court and has he/she been successful?
  • Is the lawyer properly qualified in the area of DWI defense and does the attorney have special certification in this field?
  • Does the attorney have good success rate in DWI trials?
  • After a consultation occurred, do you feel comfortable and confident with the attorney you spoke with?
  • Is the legal fee quoted reasonable and do I understand the fee structure or is it confusing?

These are just a few considerations, but they are very important in our opinion.

A DWI conviction in New Jersey carries with it life changing consequences and it is important that you feel good about your advocate when one considers these penalties:

DWI First Offense

Tier One:  You have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of less than .10%, or there is no reading because you refused or the State is unable to prove that the machine was in proper working condition.

–          Three month suspension of your driving privileges

–          $250.00 to $400.00 fine

–          $33.00 in court costs

–          $75.00 Safe neighborhood services fund

–          $50.00 Violent crimes compensation

–          $100.00 Alcohol education rehabilitation and enforcement fund fee

–          $100.00 drunk driving fund

–          12 to 48 hours in the Intoxicated driver recourse center

–          Up to 30 days imprisonment

–          Possibility of the interlocking device being installed

–          $3000.00 surcharge assessed by the DMV

–          Nine insurance points

              Tier Two:  You have a BAC of greater than .10%.

–          Seven to twelve month suspension of your driving privileges

–          $300 – $500 fine

–          $33.00 in court costs

–          $75.00 Safe neighborhood services fund

–          $50.00 Violent crimes compensation

–          $100.00 Alcohol education rehabilitation and enforcement fund fee

–          $100.00 drunk driving fund

–          12 to 48 hours in the Intoxicated driver recourse center

–          Up to 30 days imprisonment

–          Possibility of the interlocking device being installed

–          $3000.00 surcharge assessed by the DMV

–          Nine insurance points

If your reading was higher than a .15% requirement of the interlock device installed in your car.

 Second Offense

–          Two year suspension of your driving privileges

–          48 hours to 90 days imprisonment

–          30 days of community service

–          $500.00 to $1000.00 fine

–          $33.00 in court costs

–          $75.00 Safe neighborhood services fund

–          $50.00 Violent crimes compensation

–          $100.00 Alcohol education rehabilitation and enforcement fund fee

–          $100.00 drunk driving fund

–          Requirement of installation of interlocking device

–          $3000.00 surcharge from DMV

–          Nine insurance points

 Third Offense

–          Ten year loss of driving privileges

–          180 days imprisonment

–          $1000.00 fine

–          $33.00 in court costs

–          $75.00 Safe neighborhood services fund

–          $50.00 Violent crimes compensation

–          $100.00 Alcohol education rehabilitation and enforcement fund fee

–          $100.00 drunk driving fund

–          Requirement of installation of interlocking device

–          $4500.00 surcharge from DMV

–          Nine insurance points

We have discussed multiple times on this blog our that qualification and success rate are both high. DWI litigation is not a for the “once a week municipal court lawyers.” DWI is a technical and difficult area of the law that demands the requisite knowledge of the all the applicable areas. Alcotest (formerly the Breathalyzer), Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, recent case-law decisions and many other factors come into play with a DWI case. Being trained and experienced in these areas is in our opinion an absolute requirement.

We regularly appear in the Springfield Municipal Court.

We provide free consultations and are available to answer all your questions.

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