Berkeley Heights DWI Lawyer
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If you are charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI)/driving under the influence (DUI) it is important to consult an attorney because the penalties for DWI/DUI are severe. It is important to consult with a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer, and the law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC has lawyers who specialize in criminal defense law. Attorneys Casey Woodruff, Gary Grabas, and Robert Rowbotham, II are all former prosecutors. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of trial experience. Our criminal defense attorneys regularly represent clients charged with drunken driving offenses.
The consequences of driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI) conviction in New Jersey are severe. For example, the first conviction for DWI could result in a loss of license for anywhere from three (3) months to a year. Those found guilty of DWI also face a fine of up to $500 as well as possible imprisonment. Furthermore, New Jersey assesses a surcharge of $1,000 per year for three (3) years.
Failure to pay the surcharge may result in: an indefinite suspension of driving privileges; and action filed in State Superior Court by MVC which may result in securing a lien against your property, garnishing your wages or other similar action. If one is convicted of a repeat offense, the penalties become even more severe: a second conviction within 10 years of the first can result in a 2 year loss of license and a third conviction within 10 years of the second can result in loss of license for 10 years.
Driving a motor vehicle or a boat with a blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”) of 0.08% or more is considered driving under the influence (“DUI”). A simple Breathalyzer test will determine your BAC. Related offenses include: driving or riding with an open container; driving with a DUI suspension; and driving while possessing drugs.
A person charged with DUI in Berkeley Heights, NJ will have their matter handled in the Berkeley Heights Municipal Court located at Town Hall, 29 Park Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07822. Municipal Courts in New Jersey are statutory courts of limited jurisdiction having responsibility for motor vehicle traffic violations, disorderly and petty disorderly criminal offenses, municipal and county ordinance violations, certain penalty enforcement codes, health code violations, fish and game, weights and measures and all other proceedings within the territorial jurisdiction of the municipality. Practice and procedures are governed by New Jersey Court Rules.
If you’ve been charged with a DWI offense in Berkeley Heights, NJ, your driver’s license could be in jeopardy. That’s why you need to contact an experienced DWI defense attorney today to protect your rights.