We won’t mince words here, because we know that being arrested for drunken driving (DWI) or drug impairment (drug DUI) in the Garden State cannot only be an unnerving and embarrassing experience, it can end up being a costly and burdensome event in one’s life. In fact, while some people may think that the worst is maybe several hundred dollars in fines, estimates regarding the long-term cost of a single DWI-DUI conviction show the cost more in the thousands of dollars.
When a person realizes that a conviction for driving under the influence can have that sort of financial impact, they almost don’t see the additional downside to having something like a DWI or drug DUI on their record. Negatives such as the loss of driving privileges for months at a time, having to hitch rides with friends and family to go anywhere during their license suspension, the possibility of being required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed once their license has been reinstated, and even jail time. It goes without saying that any one of these on its own could have a serious impact on one’s life and livelihood.
As New Jersey drunk driving defense attorneys, my legal team has been defending motorists accused of impaired driving for many years. We understand our clients’ concerns and we work hard to fight for your rights in court. It’s true that many people who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs might not have much hope of good outcome in court, we know from experience that receiving a DWI or DUI summons is not the end of the world, but it certainly needs professional attention.
Take, for instance, the news story of a New Jersey driver who ended up on the wrong side of the law late last month. Even in situations like this, it is important never to resign oneself to the worst-case scenario. And while you might consider your situation as unwinnable, there is no reason not to take advantage of the initial consultations that many law firms, such as our own, provide free of charge to prospective clients. Of course, there are never any true guarantees in life, but the law was created to help the average citizen fight for his or her rights when the state has levied charges, often very serious ones.
As for incident mentioned above, the subject was a woman from the Trenton area who was taken into custody after her vehicle allegedly struck a utility pole along a stretch of Bridge St. near the intersection of Rancocas Rd in Burlington County, NJ. According to police reports, the 27-year-old was driving her vehicle through Westampton, NJ, on a Sunday night shortly before midnight when the crash took place.
At 11:44pm, according to news reports, the woman’s vehicle left the roadway for some reason and smashed into the pole. Police arriving on the scene allegedly detected some evidence of intoxication and arrested her on charges of drunken driving. As part of the arrest, officers also allegedly found some unspecified illegal narcotic drugs on the woman’s person. She was taken to police headquarters and charged with DWI, as well as possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), after which she was released with a court date pending.
Trenton woman charged with DWI after Westampton accident, BurlingtonCountyTimes.com, June 23, 2014