North Brunswick DUI Attorney
DWI Lawyers in North Brunswick, NJ
Our Attorneys Defend Clients Against Drunk Driving Charges in North Brunswick Municipal Court
If you have been arrested for a DWI or Refusal in North Brunswick, New Jersey then you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. This article touches upon many of the common questions we receive from prospective clients who have North Brunswick DUI charges pending and acts a playbook as to what you can expect when dealing with a DWI in this court. First, let me tell you that North Brunswick is very tough on DUI charges that take place within the township. In fact, the North Brunswick municipal prosecutor takes pride in having a thorough understanding of the intricacies of DWI law and litigating these charges to the fullest. North Brunswick Municipal Court is notorious for scheduling “attorney only” days with dozens of hotly contested cases on all at the same time. These court dates can be especially long and hectic. This is why it is often best to file any motions well in advance of court and to come prepared with your documents in order with your defenses clearly laid out for the prosecutor.
Penalties & Sentencing For DWI Conviction in North Brunswick
The New Jersey DUI statute under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 provides for a potential loss of your driver’s license for any blood alcohol concentration in excess of 0.08%. The penalties for a DWI drastically increase for each subsequent offense. For instance, the length of suspension can range from 4 months to 8 years depending on your BAC (blood alcohol content) and prior DUI offenses. For first offenses with lower BAC’s, you may end up with an ignition interlock device for 3 months to 1 year, depending on your blood alcohol content. Moreover, incarceration in the Middlesex County Jail becomes mandatory for second and third offenders. When it comes to sentencing, the municipal judge has very little if any discretion when it comes to the length of suspension, ignition interlock device, and imposition of other penalties. That is why it is important to challenge the State’s case against you in furtherance of securing a dismissal of your North Brunswick DWI charges. Essentially, a DWI conviction requires that the state must prove three factors which includes (1) intoxication, (2) operation and a (3) motor vehicle. A “motor vehicle” is any vehicle propelled by anything other than muscular power.
How Can A North Brunswick DUI Lawyer Help Me?
An experienced North Brunswick DWI defense lawyer can challenge the elements of the state’s case to negotiate a downgrade or even a complete dismissal of your charges. This can be in a number of ways depending on the facts of your case. For example, in a drug DUI case, the State will try to build a strong case against you by securing a blood sample or urine result to prove there are drugs in your system and bringing in a police officer who is specially trained to evaluate intoxication from drugs (known as Drug Recognition Expert “DRE”). In these cases we can often challenge the admissibility and accuracy of the blood or urine results that were taken from you at the time of the arrest. Without the lab results from this testing, the prosecutor’s case becomes much weaker against you. This may only leave the results from the DRE evaluation which can be challenged based on their lack of scientific reliability. If you would like to learn about how we can help to protect your rights and beat the charges, then contact us at (732) 659-9600 for a free consultation.
What To Expect When Facing DWI Charges in North Brunswick New Jersey
North Brunswick is home to Route 1 and other major roadways that see significant levels of police and DWI activity. If you are stopped and subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in North Brunswick then you be summoned to appear in North Brunswick Municipal Court. Your first court date will normally take place within a week or two of your arrest. You can find this initial date on the tickets you received after being released from the police station. The North Brunswick Municipal Court is located at 710 Hermann Road in North Brunswick, NJ 08902 and can be contacted by phone at 732.247.0922 on EXT 425. The North Brunswick Municipal Court has two municipal court judges who oversee DUI charges – Judge Joseph Lombardi and Judge Christine Heitmann. These judges keep a tight rein on all the DWI cases in their court so you can expect to come back and forth to court every few weeks as the case is pending. We recommend that you have a lawyer represent with you in court to assist you with these serious charges. The court calendar is often very busy, so be prepared to stay for a long time and remember to arrive early on your court date.
Call North Brunswick NJ DUI Defense Attorneys for Answers
North Brunswick DWI charges are complicated and can last upwards of a year. To give yourself the best chance to beat the charges, you should consider hiring an attorney with extensive DWI experience. Our attorneys are uniquely qualified when it comes to identifying and challenging the technical requirements that must be followed by New Jersey State and North Brunswick when conducting an arrest. Will Proetta, our founding attorney, is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and by Draeger Industries in the operation and maintenance of the Alcotest 7110. The Alcotest is New Jersey’s version of the Breathalyzer and is used by police to measure BAC. These credentials are vital in challenging the state’s case against you. The attorneys at the Law Offices of William Proetta Criminal Law stand ready to defend you or your loved one from your North Brunswick DWI or DUI charge. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you then contact us at (732) 659-9600 for a free consultation or schedule an appointment at our Edison office.