If you have been arrested in Ocean Township or Waretown, NJ for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), then it is likely that you have many questions and many concerns. One thing, however, is certain. You need to hire an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer ASAP in order to vigorously defend your charges. Contesting a DWI or Driving Under The Influence (DUI) is a difficult uphill battle that may take weeks or months of court appearances and litigation. Our goal at the Law Offices of William A. Proetta, is to aggressively defend each client’s case by challenging the state’s evidence wherever possible. Our lawyers are often able to accomplish this objective through their experience, knowledge and a unique skill set that few attorneys in the entire state of New Jersey can match. Will Proetta, our firm’s founding lawyer, is a certified instructor of the SFST (standard field sobriety testing) in accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. SFST is the protocol used by New Jersey local and state police to administer field sobriety testing to suspected DWI drivers. In addition, Mr. Proetta has been trained by Draeger Industries, the manufacturer of the Alcotest machine, on its functionality, design, and maintenance. The Alcotest is NJ’s version of the Breathalyzer. If you would like to learn more about how our attorneys can assist you or your loved one with these charges, please contact our local Toms River office at (848) 238-2100. Every initial consultation with an experienced DWI defense lawyer is free of charge.
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Driving While Intoxicated in Ocean Township New Jersey
The Ocean Township Police Department and state police are very active on the Garden State Parkway, Route 9, Route 532; writing a significant number of tickets every year. In the event that you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Waretown or another area within Ocean Township’s borders then you will be summoned to appear in the Ocean Township Municipal Court. The Ocean Township municipal prosecutor is unable to offer any plea-bargaining for DUI defendants in line with the guidelines of the AOC (administrative office of the courts). As such, fighting a DWI charge on your own very difficult. Making matters even worse is the reality that you are not allowed a jury trial for drunk driving charges in New Jersey. Rather, your guilt or innocence is decided at the sole discretion of the municipal judge. There is a potential loss of license for even a first time offense and additional penalties that include an interlock device installed in your car, mandatory drunk driving classes, community service, and thousands and fines and surcharges. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you avail yourself of the abilities of a skilled and aggressive DWI lawyer.
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The mandatory penalties for first, second, and third offense DWIs are actually incorporated within the New Jersey statutes. This means that, unlike other charges that leave sentencing to the judge’s discretion, judges must sentence according to statute. For example, if your BAC reading is a .08% or .09% then you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car for 90 days for a first offense. However if you’re reading is a .10% or higher, then you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car for a minimum of seven months and up to one year for the same first offense. If your BAC is at or above 0.15%, you will lose your license for 4 to 6 months and then be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car for another 9 to 15 months. If you face a second offense DWI, you will lose your license for a mandatory period of one to two years and be subject to a mandatory installation of an interlock device in your car. The chance of jail time increases sharply as well. Third offense DWI charges result in a mandatory 8-year loss of license. Further, you will go to Ocean county jail for a mandatory six months. As illustrated above, DWI penalties in New Jersey are severe. If you are facing these charges then you need a tough and experienced DWI defense attorney to fight them. To speak with our lawyers and build a case strategy customized to the particular facts of your case, please contact us at (848) 238-2100 for a free consultation.
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