Although Readington is a relatively small township, at least for Hunterdon County, it does tend to deal with more than its fair share of driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses each and every year. That is probably do in large part to fact that some of New Jersey’s busiest highways cut right through Readington, including Interstate 78, U.S. Route 202, Route 22 and Route 31. If you have been issued a summons for DUI in Readington Township then you will be forced to appear in the Readington Municipal Court, which is located at 509 County Road 523, to answer for those charges. It is well known by now that New Jersey as a whole takes DUI offense very seriously. In fact, DWI offenses are one of only two charges in New Jersey where plea bargaining is prohibited. The other being marijuana under 50 grams. A conviction, even for a first time offender, will subject someone to a lengthy license suspension, high fines and jail time. If you have been issued a summons for DWI in Readington and would like to discuss your options with one of our DUI defense attorneys then please contact us at (908) 533-1064.
At Keith Oliver Criminal Law, we fully understand how seriously New Jersey takes DUI offenses. As such, we have made it a point to obtain unique DUI defense training in order to better represent our clients. One of the firm’s members has not only been certified as an instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) but also certified as an administrator of the Alcotest Machine. Those are the two crucial pieces of evidence in every DUI trial in New Jersey. This training gives our Readington DUI defense attorneys a unique angle to attack when it comes to defending these types of charges. If you would like to set up an initial consultation with one of our DUI defense attorneys then please contact us directly at (908) 533-1064. We can go over the specifics of your case and we will give you our honest feedback on how we think we can be of assistance. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs, so if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Do I have to go to Court for a DUI in Readington NJ?
First and foremost, it is important to note here that for all intensive purposes, New Jersey does not differentiate, at least not significantly, when it comes to driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) charges. With that being said, when it comes to DUI charges, court is mandatory and more often than not, an attorney is mandatory as well. All DUI offenses that occur within the Township of Readington will be litigated in the Readington Municipal Court, which is located at 509 County Road 523. So regardless of whether you were arrested by the New Jersey State Police on Route 78 or by the Readington Police Department on Main Street, your case will be heard in the Readington Municipal Court. The Honorable Gerard Shamey, J.M.C. is the presiding Municipal Court Judge. Court will be held every first, second and fourth Thursday of every month. For more information on the Readington Municipal Court, please click the link.
How can an Attorney Help with a DUI Charge in NJ?
Since plea bargaining is prohibited when it comes to DUI offenses it is crucial that you speak to an experienced DUI defense lawyer about your options. An experienced DUI defense attorney can seek to attack the underlying proofs in the case in order get certain key pieces of evidence excluded from trial. DWI cases in New Jersey are very technical and their are strict procedures that have been put into place which must be followed. As a result, the cases become very complex and can often turn on the slightest mishap. If you have been charged with a DWI in Readington and would like to speak to one of Keith Oliver Criminal Law’s experienced DWI defense lawyers about your options then please contact us at (908) 533-1064.
Here is just an example of a few areas that we seek to attack when it comes to defending a DUI charge in NJ:
- Was there a motor vehicle stop? Was there probable cause for the motor vehicle stop?
- Was there reasonable articulable suspicion to request the SFST’s?
- Were they instructed properly?
- How did the Defendant perform?
- Was their probable cause for a breath sample?
- Was proper protocol followed when it came to the Alcotest Machine?
Here is a chart that shows the penalties for DUI offenses in NJ
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Readington NJ DUI Defense Attorneys
As you can see, DUI charges are no laughing matter in New Jersey. In fact, most will say that the penalties that someone faces when convicted of a DUI in New Jersey are worse than most potential misdemeanor penalties. If you have been charged with a DUI in Readington, New Jersey, let Keith Oliver Criminal Law help. We have been defending these types of cases in courts throughout New Jersey, including Readington for years now. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today with one our attorneys then please contact us at (908) 533-1064.