Facing a DUI Charge in Middletown NJ?
Have you been accused of driving under the influence in Middletown, New Jersey? If so, we strongly recommend that you speak to knowledgeable driving while intoxicated defense lawyer as soon as possible. The potential exposure that someone faces if convicted of a DWI in New Jersey can be absolutely crippling. New Jersey as whole takes a very tough stance when it comes to DWI offenses and the Middletown Municipal Court is no exception. Between June of 2016 to July of 2017, the Middletown Municipal Court presided over more than 190 DWI offenses. This is due in large part to the sheer size of Middletown but also because major roadways like the Garden State Parkway, Route 35 and Route 36 cut right through the township. Regardless of whether you were charged by the New Jersey State Police or Middletown Police Department, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. If you would like to come into our office and speak to one of our DUI defense attorneys today, then please contact our Middletown Office at 732.858.6959. Our office is located directly across the street from the Middletown Municipal Court.
Middletown Man Facing DWI Charges
On February 20, 2018, the Middletown police were dispatched to Main Street and Sunset Place to investigate a motorist who may be suffering from a medical condition. When the officer arrived on scene and attempted to approach the driver, the driver’s motor vehicle rolled forward. In doing so, the vehicle actually collided with the officer’s patrol car. Following an in depth investigation, the officers came to learn that the driver was not suffering from a medical episode but was in fact under the influence of alcohol. Based on their observations, the driver was placed under arrest and charged with among other things, driving while intoxicated and possession of an open container of alcohol within a motor vehicle. The driver was taken to the Middletown Police Department, which is located at 1 Kings Highway, right next to the municipal court and processed. Upon being processed, the Defendant was released on his own recognizance on a summons to appear in court. It does not appear at this point in time that the Defendant was charged with assault by auto following the minor collision that took place.
Is DWI a Felony Offense in NJ?
No, a DWI offenses is actually considered a traffic offenses and not a criminal offense in New Jersey. However, this is probably the only lenient aspect of DWI offenses in New Jersey. In fact, some venture to suggest that the penalties for a DWI offenses are more severe than that of some disorderly persons offenses, which is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor. Even for a first time offender, the potential penalties for a DWI conviction can include up to a twelve month loss of license, high fines, insurance surcharges, imposition of the ignition interlock device, community service, intoxicated drivers resource center and even jail time. For more information on DWI offenses in New Jersey, please click the link or you can contact our Middletown office and speak to one of our Middletown DUI defense attorneys about your options.
For more information on this incident, please refer to the app.com’s article labeled, Middletown DWI arrest: Car rolls into police cruiser.