Fanwood DWI Charges
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The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, regularly represents clients with criminal and traffic-related matters in Fanwood and throughout New Jersey. DWI offenses, in particular, are frequently handled by the firm’s trial lawyers. Casey Woodruff and Gary Grabas are both former Prosecutors. Jon Bramnick is a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” with over 30 years of trial experience.
In New Jersey, anyone operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more is guilty of driving while intoxicated. N.J.S.A. §39:4-50. Fanwood police officers are well trained at spotting drivers under the influence. Therefore, if you are pulled over after consuming any amount of alcohol, it is important to be aware of your rights. Anything you say or do can be used against you in court to prove you were under the influence. Upon request, you must provide police with your license, registration, and insurance information. However, if you are asked about how much you’ve had to drink, unless you are certain you have no alcohol in your system; it is wise to politely decline answering until after you have consulted with a lawyer.
If the officer smells alcohol on your breath, you may be asked to participate in a field sobriety test. You may decline the test; however, this is generally perceived as strong evidence of your guilt. If you participate in the field sobriety test and the officer believes you are under the influence, you may then be required to undertake a Breathalyzer Test at the Fanwood police station. In New Jersey, a driver may not refuse a Breathalyzer Test without severe consequences.
If you are charged with a DWI offense in Fanwood, New Jersey, your case will most likely be handled in Fanwood Municipal Court. Fanwood Municipal Court is located at 75 North Martine Avenue. The Honorable Susan M. MacMullan presides over the Court. The Court handles a variety of minor criminal offenses and traffic infractions. DWI charges, in particular, are common. If convicted of a DWI offense in Fanwood Municipal Court, the penalties are severe. For example, a first time DWI conviction can result in a loss of driving privileges for at least 3 months and up to 1 year depending on the amount of alcohol in a person’s system. Moreover, the penalty may include severe fines and surcharges.
Therefore, if you have been charged with a DWI offense in Fanwood, New Jersey, it is important to consult a New Jersey lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your rights. On the client’s behalf, we may attempt to prove: there was no probable cause for the stop; the Breathalyzer operated improperly; or, the Breathalyzer was administered incorrectly. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, you can contact us 24 hours a day at: (908) 322-7000.
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