If you have been subject to a DWI stop and were subsequently charged with Driving While Intoxicated, you are likely facing a tough uphill battle. NJ’s DWI laws are some of the strictest in the entire country. Punishments such as mandatory jail time, fines, annual DMV surcharges, insurance surcharges, ignition interlock device installation and license suspension can throw your life into a tailspin. For those drivers who require their license for work, New Jersey does not allow suspended drivers to obtain a conditional work license. This means that a second offense for Driving While Intoxicated will carry a two (2) year license suspension and likely result in the loss of your job.
If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated, also known as Driving Under the Influence, you should consult with an experienced DWI attorney. The law firm of Proetta & Oliverdefends drivers charged with DWI throughout Burlington County. We appear before municipal courts in Medford, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Westampton, Southamptonand many more. If you have been charged with Driving while Intoxicated or Refusal under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, call 609-850-8284today. At Proetta & Oliver, our team of DUI trial attorneys are experienced in handling all drunk driving charges in Burlington County. Allow our legal team to review all of the discovery in your case, including, body cams, dashboard video, Alcotest documentation, police reports and anything else the State intends to rely upon. We will comb through these documents to find that weak thread in the State’s case and expose it for your benefit. Call today to speak with an attorney. The initial call is always free of charge and we are available 24/7 for your convenience.
Second Offense DWI Charges in Burlington Township
Clients who have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated, under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, often ask us how we can beat these charges. To beat any DWI charge, you first need to know how the Prosecutor and Police will prove the case. Under New Jersey DWI laws, the Municipal Prosecutor will have to prove the following five (5) things:
Control of the vehicle;
A present intention to cause the vehicle to move;
Some action taken to place the vehicle in motion;
The possibility of motion of the vehicle, AND
Intoxication of the driver (BAC above .08 for adults or .01 for persons under 21).
Case law over the years has further specified what situations will qualify as operation. Placing the key in the ignition without actually moving has been held to qualify for a DWI charge. Conversely, running your engine to stay warm while you sleep-off the alcohol in your car has been held to not qualify for a DWI charge. For more information on your case, speak with an attorney today by calling 609-850-8284.
What are the Penalties for a Second DUI in New Jersey?
If you are convicted for Driving While Intoxicated in New Jersey, the penalties will be the following:
Mandatory incarceration at the Burlington County Jail for at least 48 hours but not to exceed ninety (90) days
Mandatory Two (2) year loss of license
Mandatory 30 days of community service
Mandatory $1,500 surcharge per year for three years by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Possible Insurance Surcharges
Mandatory installation of ignition interlock device on the drivers vehicle during the period of suspension and then for one (1) to three (3) years following reinstatement
Additional court fines and fees
NJ DWI Step-Down Laws
Burlington County, and New Jersey as a whole, allow for a “step-down” or reduction in your charges if more than ten years between convictions. This means that a second offense DWI may be sentenced as if it was a first offense. Specifically, “step-down” provision under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a)(3) reads that:
“A person who has been convicted of a previous violation of this section need not be charged as a second or a subsequent offender in the complaint made against him in order to render him liable to the punishment imposed by this section on a second or a subsequent offender, but if the second offense occurs more than 10 years after the first offense, the court shall treat the second conviction as a first offense for sentencing purposes and if a third offense occurs more than 10 years after the second offense, the court shall treat the third conviction as a second offense for sentencing purposes.”
Call our office to learn if a step-down can be applied to your case.
Bordentown NJ DWI Attorneys
DWI charges are very fact-sensitive cases. This means that your attorney must know where to look and what to request if they hope to obtain a dismissal or downgrade of the charges. Because the State does not allow for negotiated pleas in DWI cases, you need an attorney who will fight the charges and not simply hold your hand at court. The law offices of Proetta & Oliver is a criminal defense firm that specializes in DWI laws. Our firm is comprised forformer New Jersey Deputy Attorneys General and an Alcotest Certified lawyer. For a free initial consultation, contact our office at 609-850-8284and speak with an experienced attorney today.
Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. We are available weekdays during business hours. We also meet with clients on evenings and weekends by request. We have four office locations conveniently located in Mount Laurel, Point Pleasant, Princeton and Middletown. All major credit cards are accepted.