Living, working and driving in the Garden State means that any motorist can become the focus of attention from a state patrol officer or a municipal policeman. The odds are, at some point in one’s driving career, any number of people from counties like Ocean, Middlesex, Monmouth, Bergan and Passaic will end up being stopped by a mobile police patrol for a driving infraction. Moving violations are one of the primary ways in which some New Jersey motorists end up being charged with DWI.
Whether one is arrested on the grounds of driving while intoxicated by beer, wine or hard liquor, or if the charges involve impairment through the use of either doctor-prescribed pharmaceuticals or an illegal substance such as marijuana, consulting a qualified drunk driving defense attorney should be the first thought. This is so true these days because of the heavy fines and statutory assessments imposed on a driver convicted of DWI or drug DUI.
As New Jersey DWI trial lawyers, I and my colleagues have decades’ worth of experience in representing those individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of the law following a drunken driving arrest. Many times, a New Jersey motorist has been driving his or her vehicle out-of-state when they are stopped for a minor traffic offense, but if they have had a drink or two, the police may take them into custody and charge them with DWI. For these New Jersey residents who have, penalties drunk driving can sometimes be more severe than in our own state, depending of course on the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the driver’s previous record.