Defending Clients Against DUI Charges in Bridgewater, Clinton, Hillsborough, and throughout New Jersey
For most of our clients that are charged with a DWI in Somerset County, NJ, this will be their very first time interaction with the criminal justice system. As such, we are well aware that this can be an extremely nerve wracking time for most. With that being said, driving while intoxicated offenses are serious offenses in New Jersey and should not be taken lightly. Although DWI offenses are considered traffic violations, the potential penalties that an individual faces can be crippling. In fact, the argument can be made that the potential penalties for a DUI conviction can be worse than most disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanors). If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Somerset County, in towns like Somerville, Bridgewater, South Bound Brook, Bound Brook, North Plainfield, Bedminster, Raritan or Hillsborough, the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. To speak to one of our Somerset County DWI defense lawyers today about your options please contact us directly at (908) 533-1064.
Do I need a Lawyer for a DWI Charge in NJ?
Although a DUI offense is traffic in nature, as you will see below, the penalties can be crippling. As such, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced DWI defense lawyer about your options. In New Jersey, plea bargaining is prohibited when it comes to DWI offenses. To put that into perspective, there is only two charges under the entire criminal code where plea bargaining is prohibited, the other being possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Therefore, it is crucial that you hire an attorney who has extensive experience defending clients accused of DUI charges. As a result of the strict policies when it comes to DWI charges in New Jersey, one of the firm’s founding partners has sought out and received specialized DUI defense training. He is a certified administer of the Alcotest Machine and a certified instructor of the standardized field sobriety tests. These are the key pieces of evidence used by the prosecution during a DUI trial. To speak to one of our attorneys today about your options, please contact us at (908) 533-1064.
Charged with DUI in Somerset County? Hunterdon County?
Some of the most common towns that our Somerset County DUI defense lawyers frequently represent clients accused of driving under the influence in are the following towns:
Here is some additional information on DUI Charges in Somerset County NJ.
- First Offense DUI Penalties
- Second Offense DWI Penalties
- Third Offense DUI Penalties
- Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test
- Drug DUI
- DWI in a School Zone
- Marijuana DUI
- Underage DUI
- Ignition Interlock Device
- Alcotest Machine
What You Should Know About DWI Cases in NJ
Common Penalties Given for a DWI Conviction in New Jersey
Whether you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath sample, drug DUI, assault by auto, endangering the welfare of a child or death by auto, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced Somerset County DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. If convicted, a Defendant will be facing a potential lengthy license suspension, high fines, community service, court ordered rehab and jail time, even for first time offenders. Furthermore, a DWI conviction could also have a serious impact on an individual’s immigration status. If you would like to come into our office and speak with Mr. Proetta or Mr. Oliver about your options then please contact us at (908) 533-1064.
Court is Mandatory For DWI Cases in NJ
Anyone charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit a breath sample will be required to appear to appear in Court to defend the charges. The local municipal court in the municipality where the incident happened will have original jurisdiction over the case. This will be the case even if the individual is simply looking to plead guilty to the offenses as charged.
DWI Offenses are Not Considered Criminal Offenses in NJ
Driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence charges are classified as traffic offenses in New Jersey. With that being said, by the nature of the allegations surrounding a DWI case, it is very common for ancillary criminal charges to be issued as a result as well. Some of the most common criminal charges that we see being charged in connection with a DWI offense include: assault by auto, strict liability death by auto, possession of CDS, unlawful possession of a weapon and eluding.
If the ancillary criminal charges are classified as an indictable offense, then the entire case, including the DWI case must be transferred from the local municipal court to the Superior Court in the County where the incident happened. Here is a brief example: The defendant is ultimately pulled over on Route 287 in Bridgewater Township for driving while intoxicated. A subsequent search of his motor vehicle is conducted and a handgun is discovered. As a result, he is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, a crime of the second degree. All charges, including the DWI will be transferred from the local Bridgewater Township Municipal Court to the Somerset County Superior Court, which is located in Somerville.
Need to Speak to a South Bound Brook NJ DUI Lawyer Today
Whether you have been charged with a first, second or subsequent offense DUI in Somerset County, the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. As you can tell from reading above, these are serious offenses and should not be taken lightly. If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated in Somerville, Bound Brook, South Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Bernards, Bedminster or elsewhere in Somerset County, let the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law help. To schedule a free consultation today, please contact us at (908) 533-1064.