Linden DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with a DUI in Linden you are facing a tough uphill battle and you need the experience of an equally tough drunk driving defense lawyer. The firm’s founding attorney, William A. Proetta has been defending DWI cases throughout Union County for years. He is one of only a handful of lawyers that holds a dual certification from Draeger on the proper operation and maintenance of the Alcotest machine and who is also qualified as an instructor by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the Standard Field Sobriety Testing used by the law enforcement in New Jersey. These qualifications give our firm a unique set of knowledge and skill which we use in defending our clients DWI cases. If you would like to talk with an experienced DUI defense lawyer contact our office at (908) 838-0150 for a free initial consultation.
Frequently Patrolled DWI Stops in Linden
Linden prosecutes a large amount of DWI cases each year. This is attributable to the many major highways that run through and around the city. Most of the major highways are patrolled by New Jersey State Troopers which largely contribute to the drunk driving tickets that are written by the local Linden Police Department. The following roadways or major DWI stop points in Linden New Jersey:
- New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95)
- Route 1 & 9
- Route 27
- Interstate 278
It is important to note that whether you are ticketed by a state trooper or a local police officer you will still be summoned to appear in the Linden Municipal Court if you are pulled over within the city limits.
Let us Challenge the DUI Charges Against You in Linden
Although some driving under the influence arrests are made as a result of a failed breath test at a DWI checkpoint, the vast majority of these arrests are made following a traffic stop. So, why do people get stopped in the first place? Usually, it’s because the police officer observed the individual committing a traffic violation such as speeding or reckless driving, or the officer had reasonable suspicion to believe that a traffic law was being violated by the driver. Here, it is important to note that police must have probable cause in order to pull over a driver on the road. It is simply not enough for a police officer to randomly stop a vehicle, determine that the driver is intoxicated, and then make an arrest for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI). If the police officer who pulled you over did not have probable cause for the traffic stop, it’s possible that any observations of the officer, or evidence of intoxication, could be ruled inadmissible. Keep in mind, however, that something as simple as a broken taillight can be used as the reason that you were pulled over. Meandering between lanes of traffic is among the most common, as is making an improper turn.
Another defense argument that may be raised in DWI cases is that the evidence was collected in a way that contaminates it. If the evidence of intoxication collected by police can’t be trusted in court, then it could be ruled inadmissible by the judge. For example, police must follow strict procedures when administering the Alcotest breathalyzer test to people who are arrested for suspected drunk driving. Beyond that, police have a legal responsibility to regularly check the testing devices and ensure that they have been properly calibrated. The science behind Alcotest machine solutions, temperatures, and other intricacies can actually be a major benefit to your defense if you have a DWI lawyer who knows these machines inside and out. A trained and experienced DWI defense lawyer may be able to recognize errors and inconsistencies in your breath test results, which could lead to the evidence being thrown out before trial. The same goes for the video evidence, field sobriety tests, and more.
Linden New Jersey DWI & Refusal Attorneys
After being charged for DWI, many things are confusing and unsure. However, one thing that is for sure is that the state will prosecute your drunk driving charges to the fullest extent allowed under the law. This is because New Jersey has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country which includes absolutely no plea bargaining, no trial by jury, mandatory loss of license in many cases, installation of an interlock device, and thousands in fines. To make matters worse, courts are normally very aggressive in trying to resolve these cases as quick as possible which puts a lot of pressure on the defendant to construct a proper defense in time.
Without the help of an experienced DWI defense attorney it is very easy to get lost trying to navigate the court system by yourself and nearly impossible to beat a DWI charge on your own. At William Proetta Criminal Law we have successfully defended hundreds of clients against DUI charges in Linden and throughout New Jersey. Our firm has the experience and knowledge to effectively challenge and combat a charge of driving while intoxicated. If you would like to discuss the facts of your case in more detail please contact our office at (908) 838-0150 to speak with a knowledgeable defense attorney about your Linden DWI charges.