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DWI Attorneys in New Jersey

Protecting Your Rights, Freedom & Driving Privileges

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most serious traffic offenses one can be charged with. A conviction for a DWI will remain permanently on a driving record, as a DWI cannot be expunged. Plus, you could be facing fines, imprisonment, and license suspension. At Roberts & Teeter, we fight to help our clients avoid the consequences of a DWI conviction.

In New Jersey, a person can be charged with driving while intoxicated when they operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of:

  • A narcotic
  • A hallucinogenic drug
  • Alcohol

If you've been charged for DWI, act quickly by contacting Roberts & Teeter, LLC today for your free consultation.

Did You Know?

  • The state of New Jersey does not plea bargain in DWI cases, which is why DWI matters need to be brought to trial.
  • A DWI charge can be dismissed by the prosecutor if they believe there is a lack of evidence to prove their case.
  • A DWI conviction is classified as a motor vehicle violation, not a crime. This is why a DWI conviction cannot be expunged.
  • In some cases, the state may prove their case solely on a police officer’s observations and without a blood alcohol level.
  • Driving in New Jersey is a privilege, not a right.
  • If a driver under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol level of 0.01% or more, they will be charged with driving while intoxicated.

Installing an Interlock to Limit License Suspension

A person will be deemed intoxicated if they operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. A person can also be charged by permitting another individual, who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, to operate an automobile owned by them or in their custody.

Under a new bill enacted by Governor Phil Murphy, S824, penalties for first time DWI offenses are now significantly reduced. This is partly thanks to the strict constraints put on first offenders under previous penalties, such as not being able to get to work and provide for their families.

Now, those convicted of DWI can install ignition interlock devices on their car in order to limit the time they spend without a valid license. This device tests to ensure that a driver’s BAC levels are within an acceptable range before the vehicle can start, and their introduction has reduced license suspension times by a significant amount. Under this new law, it is possible there will be a limited suspension depending on what your blood alcohol content percent is.

Refusing to Submit to a Breath Test

In the state of New Jersey, any individual who operates a motor vehicle on any public road or highway implies consent to having breath samples taken to determine the amount of alcohol in their blood. The sample must be taken with proper procedure and made in accordance with the provisions provided by the state of New Jersey. The sample shall be taken upon the request of a police officer who has reasonable grounds to believe the driver was driving while intoxicated.

The state of New Jersey keeps a record of the test, including the date, time, and result. Upon request, a copy of the record shall be given to the person tested. No sample shall be taken forcibly or against physical resistance. If a person refuses to submit, the police shall inform them of the consequences of refusing to submit to the test.

If convicted, a person who refuses a breath test can receive penalties such as:

  • License suspension
  • Fines
  • Installation of an Interlock Device
  • Referral to an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center

Depending on whether this is your first or subsequent DWI offense, your sentence could put you in jail for as many as 180 days and cost you up to $1,000 in fines. Your insurance rates will also skyrocket and make it difficult to afford being able to drive. It is crucial that you hire a DWI defense lawyer in New Jersey in order to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

In order to be convicted of refusing to submit to a breath test, the following needs to be proved:

  • The arresting law enforcement officer had probable cause to believe that the driver was intoxicated while operating the vehicle;
  • Whether the individual was placed under arrest; and
  • The person refused to submit to the test upon request by the officer

Contact our skilled DWI attorneys in New Jersey today by calling (732) 607-5553. Call now and set up a free consultation with Roberts & Teeter to find out what penalties you may be facing.

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