Middletown Township historically ranks number one in Monmouth County for DWI arrests. The municipality also happens to be the largest town in NJ. While these are interesting facts, we are here to talk about driving while intoxicated and that is something that our law firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, happens to know very well if you have been charged with this offense.
Our office is located just a few miles down the road from the Middletown Municipal Court along State Highway 35. More importantly, we are the largest DWI defense firm and probably the most credentialed firm in the State when it comes to these charges. We have five (5) attorneys who are dual certified in Field Sobriety Testing, as well as on the Alcotest Breath Test machine. There are probably less than 15 lawyers in the entire state and, perhaps, one or two others in the county that possess dual certification. In fact, three (3) of our lawyers are actual instructors in psycho-physical tests. Beyond this training, we are former prosecutors in over 25 area municipalities and possess 100 plus years of collective experience defending DWI charges in Middletown Township NJ.
The penalties that will be imposed in Middletown if you are convicted of driving while intoxicated are serious. A First Offense carries a mandatory license suspension of at least 3 months and as much as 1 year. A Second Offense results in a revocation of 2 years and a Third Offense triggers a 10 year loss. The monetary consequences are also stiff with thousands of dollars in fines, assessments and surcharges. The division of motor vehicles surcharge alone is $1,000 to $1,500 per year for three years for a First Offense, Second Offense and Third Offense.
With such consequences hanging in the balance, your selection of a defense attorney is very important. We put our DWI qualifications up against those of any firm in the state, let alone one with strong ties to Monmouth County. Driving While Intoxicated charges are defensible in many cases but the only way to insure success in our view is to walk into court with a highly experienced and skilled defense lawyer. We believe that our DWI defense team offers an excellent option in this regard.