Don’t go to court expecting a “Mulligan”
Because New Jersey categorizes driving while intoxicated (DWI) as a traffic offense, too many accused motorists take their cases lightly. They think they can represent themselves, show a little contrition in court and leave with a slap on the wrist. It’s a rude awakening when they are hit with mandatory minimum penalties and learn that they have no option for traffic school. Retaining an experienced DWI defense lawyer can prevent you from making another mistake you could regret for a very long time. The Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg fights aggressively to minimize the effect of your DWI arrest. With us at your side, there will be no surprises. We come fully prepared to challenge the state’s case against you and seek the best results possible.
Penalties for first-offense DWI in New Jersey
If you are convicted of a first-time DWI in New Jersey, your penalty depends on your blood alcohol content level:
Standard DWI (BAC between 0.08 percent and 0.10 percent) — Your license is suspended for three months, and fines and fees will total about $3,900. You could go to county jail for up to 30 days and be forced to attend the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center for 12 to 48 hours.
Enhanced DWI (BAC 0.10 percent or greater) — The court suspends your license for seven months to one year, and fines and fees can total as much as $4,000. You could go to county jail for up to 30 days and be forced to attend the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center for 12 to 48 hours.
Additional enhancement (BAC of 0.15 percent or greater) — The court orders an ignition interlock device installed during your license suspension and for six months to a year following your license restoration.
Additionally, you should know that a first-time DWI conviction stays on your record and is used to enhance any subsequent DWI offenses.
Facing these kinds of consequences, you definitely don’t want to fight alone. Our attorneys diligently prepare your defense and come to court ready to challenge the evidence against you, including the constitutionality of your traffic stop, probable cause for your arrest and the administration of any BAC testing. In many cases, we can get a reduction in charges to reckless driving or driving with an open container or persuade the prosecution to drop the charges altogether. While no law firm can guarantee results, we make every effort to secure a positive outcome.