Maplewood DWI Lawyer
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The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, regularly represents clients with drunk-driving related matters in Maplewood and throughout New Jersey. Casey Woodruff, Robert Rowbotham and Gary Grabas are all 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. Maplewood 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. If the officer smells alcohol on your breath during the stop, 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 Maplewood police station. In New Jersey, a driver may not refuse a Breathalyzer Test without severe consequences.
If you are charged with driving while intoxicated in Maplewood, New Jersey, your case will likely be handled in Maplewood Municipal Court. Maplewood Municipal Court is located at 75 North Martine Avenue. The Honorable Stanley M. Varon presides over all cases in the Municipal Court. The Court handles a variety of minor criminal offenses and traffic infractions. DWI or DUI charges, in particular, are common. If convicted of a DWI offense in Maplewood Municipal Court, the penalties are severe. For example, a first time DWI conviction can result in a loss of driving privileges for at least three (3) months and up to one (1) year depending on the blood alcohol level. In addition, the penalty may include severe fines and surcharges.
Therefore, if you have been charged with a DWI offense in Maplewood, New Jersey, it is important to consult a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your rights. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss a drunk-driving related offense with one of our criminal defense attorneys, you can contact us 24 hours a day at: (973) 273-0023 for our Essex County office or (908) 322-7000 for our Union County location.
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.