Articles Posted in Third or Subsequent Offense DWI

Compounding any traffic offense with an injury accident is never a good situation. As a former municipal prosecutor, and now a professional drunk driving defense attorney, I understand the desire by police officers and our court system to punish motorists convicted of DWI or drug DUI. When an automobile collision is also involved, the stakes increase by a like amount.

As New Jersey drunken driving defense lawyers, my colleagues and I are ready and willing to assist those individuals accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs; even illicit substances like cocaine, meth and marijuana. We do know that our job will be complicated when a DWI-related car, truck or motorcycle wreck also involves a serious injury or death. My law firm has represented many clients who have been hit with an impaired driving charge in addition to possible vehicular assault.

Here in the Garden State, local and state police take a very dim view of motorists who even have the slightest appearance of intoxication. The same goes for the courts. New Jersey DWI law provides for stiff penalties for those convicted of intoxicated driving. One of the numerous penalties is the loss of driving privileges for a period of time. Considering the value that most people place on their mobility and personal independence vis-à-vis their automobile, license suspension can be a serious hardship.
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Addiction of every kind has reached major proportions all across the United States. Whether it is prescription or illegal drugs, gambling, Internet, video games or simply working excessive hours at the office or smoking too many cigarettes, an addiction of most any kind can complicate one’s life and cause trouble with one’s personal and professional relationships. But however it may be manifested, it would seem that more and more people are giving in to their desires.

It is easy to see how some pastimes or vices can become obsessions for many individuals. To allow one’s time to be usurped by one or more obsessive pursuits can be a very difficult situation, but when that obsession, or addiction, leads to serious legal problems, there really is no good reason to ignore the problem any longer. As New Jersey drunk driving defense experts, we have seen the results of alcohol and drug addiction, the results of which are not usually good.

Not surprisingly, over indulgence in drinking alcohol could be called the grandfather of all addictions, having been around for thousands of years before video games, online pornography and other pursuits. While we will leave it up to others to fill in the list, there is much to be said about the addiction that alcohol can have on certain people and the incidence of drunk driving by those self-same individuals.
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New Jersey DWI law provides for a variety of increasingly stiff penalties for those motorists who find themselves convicted of driving while intoxicated. As Garden State drunk driving defense attorneys, our job is to represent individuals who have been charged with DWI or drug DUI, as well as those who have refused a breathalyzer test or been accused of drug possession in a motor vehicle.

For first-time drunk driving offenders, a conviction can come with significant penalties that can affect the driver in numerous ways. Fines for a first offense can run from $250 to $400, depending on the amount of alcohol in one’s bloodstream at the time of the arrest (this blood-alcohol content (BAC) can range between 0.08 and 0.10 percent. It should be remembered that these fines will increase to between $300 to $500, if the defendant’s BAC was measured at more than 0.10 percent. And this would be the “good news.”

The bad news is that offenders convicted for a third or subsequent time can not only lose their driver’s license for 10 years, but can be assessed fines in the thousands of dollars. Given the severity of penalties for third and subsequent offenses, we believe that representation by an experienced DWI defense attorney is in a defendant’s best interest. Sometimes the challenge is quite great, such as in the case of an individual we read about a while back who was convicted a sixth time for DWI by a Cumberland County court.
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With all of the focus on illegal immigration over the past decade or so, it is should not be a surprise that part of this debate regarding undocumented aliens leads to discussions of deportation for various crimes committed by individuals who have entered the country under questionable circumstances. While there are various points of view regarding the benefit to this country as a nation built by immigrants, the argument that those who flout our laws blatantly and with criminal intent is a strong one.

As New Jersey DWI defense lawyers, my colleagues and I are dedicated to helping those individuals who have been accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs and other controlled dangerous substances (CDSs). My staff has a great deal of experience in trial law, which includes both civil and criminal litigation.

Being charged with a drunken driving offense is serious, not to mention embarrassing and potentially detrimental to one’s personal, professional and public life. There is really no good reason why anyone should walk into a courtroom unprepared to fight for one’s legal rights following a DWI or drug DUI arrest. While there is never any guarantee of a not guilty verdict or dismissal of charges, having a qualified drunk driving attorney by one’s side is a smart choice.
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Being arrested for DWI is one thing, but being charged with a roadway accident, or worse, one that involves a death is certainly a serious situation that usually calls for the skills of an experienced trial attorney who understands the drunk driving laws here in the Garden State. And we will add that while a thorough understanding of the law is definitely a prerequisite, retaining a lawyer who has defended motorists against drunken driving, CDS and drug DUI charges is also important.

As a former municipal prosecutor, I and a number of my legal staff have worked both sides of the aisle in DWI and DUI litigation. No matter where you drive here in New Jersey, whether it’s Bergen, Union, Sussex or Atlantic County, if you are pulled over by a state trooper or city cop and issued a drunken driving summons, your legal fight will be helped a great deal with the assistance of a qualified DWI-DUI attorney. On the far end of the scale, being implicated as the cause of a fatal drunk driving-related car, truck or motorcycle collision only raises the stakes to a much higher level.

As New Jersey DWI defense lawyers, our job is to represent motorists accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs (drug DUI). One thing is certain, at least in cases involving an alcohol-related traffic death, if the police and local prosecutor believe that the driver who caused the crash was impaired by alcohol, prescription meds or illegal drugs like cocaine or marijuana — the consequences can be truly serious and very harsh.
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Traveling the Garden State Parkway, coastal highways or city streets while legally intoxicated could be much more of a gamble in coming years for those who already have a drunken driving conviction under their belt. As New Jersey DWI-DUI defense lawyers, my firm understands the serious nature of any drunk driving arrest, not to mention the conviction that could follow. But for those already convicted of a first-time drunk driving offense, the next time might be even more expensive than it is today.

According to news reports, the New Jersey legislature is considering a piece of legislation that would increase the fines and other penalties well beyond what are on the books right now. As experienced drunk driving attorneys and skilled trial lawyers, we know that even with large-scale anti-DWI campaigns, frequent roadside sobriety checkpoints and high-saturation DWI patrols, the chances of someone being stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol are pretty good.

Whether one lives in Monmouth, Ocean, Sussex or Middlesex County; or if a driver is simply traveling through the Garden State, state and municipal police officers are always on the job looking for potentially drunk drivers. And while a patrolman cannot stop a car simply on a hunch that a driver is impaired by alcohol or prescription drugs, there are more than enough potential traffic and vehicle offenses happening on a regular basis to give a policeman any number of excuses to pull a drunk motorist over.
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Those arrested for drunken driving here in the Garden State don’t have much to look forward to should a conviction for DWI be the end result. In addition to the hundreds and even thousands of dollars in monetary penalties, such as assessments, fines, insurance premium increases and court fees, the law also requires convicted drunk driving offenders to have an ignition interlock device placed on his or her vehicle for a period specified by the court.

As New Jersey drunken driving defense lawyers, I and my colleagues have the skills and experience necessary to represent individuals accused of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol, prescription drugs, or a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). While many people may not think that they have a chance to avoid a DWI or drug DUI conviction, the fact remains that if you don’t try, you won’t ever know what is or isn’t possible.

When it comes to being found guilty of a drunk driving offense, many of those people who are convicted receive not only harsh monetary penalties but also possible jail time or other punitive measures. One of the increasingly common penalties that individuals find themselves being ordered to follow by the court is the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device.
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We hear a lot about criminal recidivism, but a percentage of drunk drivers who have been caught and punished still can also have a difficult road ahead of them in terms of repeat offenses pertaining to DWI or drug DUI. As New Jersey drunken driving defense attorneys, I and my staff of experienced trial lawyers understand the difficulties faced by those who have one or more drunk driving convictions in their recent past.

Here in the Garden State, being a second- or third-time DWI or DUI offender does not garner much sympathy from the police or our courts. The same can be said for most other parts of the country. Take, for instance, the story of an out-of-state driver dubbed by the prosecution as the “Grim Reaper,” who was sentenced to 13 years in jail after being convicted of his eighth drunken driving offense.

Based on news reports, 43-year-old Timothy Morrow of Round Lake Beach, IL, was sentenced last May capping a quarter century of drunken driving arrests and convictions. According to court records, Morrow received his first DWI when he was only 17 years of age. Since that time, the local prosecutor in the drunk driving case against Morrow cited nine other incidents when the defendant was stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as two others involving boating under the influence (also known as BUI).
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Drunk driving defense attorneys such as myself and my colleagues can only help people just so much. When a driver makes a mistake or error in judgment and gets behind the wheel of his or her automobile while possibly intoxicated, a qualified DWI defense lawyer can be of great assistance in fighting a potential DWI or drug DUI charge. But after the case is closed, whatever the outcome, the choice to repeat the original episode is solely up to the driver himself.

As professional litigators experienced in representing motorists accused of operating a vehicle while under the influence of beer, wine, hard liquor or prescription drugs, we can only advise our clients to exercise discretion and not to end up in a similar situation in the future. Unfortunately, human nature is a tough thing to overcome with some individuals and many previously-convicted drunk drivers — or even those acquitted of driving while intoxicated — can end up on the hook again for being allegedly drunk behind the wheel in the future.

Here in the Garden State, multiple convictions for DWI-DUI have consequences much more serious than those for a first-time offender. While it’s no secret that harsh consequences await those convicted of a second- or third-time drunken driver, it also should not be a surprise that retaining a lawyer in such cases is usually the best course of action. Although no one can guarantee the outcome of any legal case, there are some compelling reasons to mount a strong defense for “first-timers.”
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Living, working and driving in the Garden State means that any motorist can become the focus of attention from a state patrol officer or a municipal policeman. The odds are, at some point in one’s driving career, any number of people from counties like Ocean, Middlesex, Monmouth, Bergan and Passaic will end up being stopped by a mobile police patrol for a driving infraction. Moving violations are one of the primary ways in which some New Jersey motorists end up being charged with DWI.

Whether one is arrested on the grounds of driving while intoxicated by beer, wine or hard liquor, or if the charges involve impairment through the use of either doctor-prescribed pharmaceuticals or an illegal substance such as marijuana, consulting a qualified drunk driving defense attorney should be the first thought. This is so true these days because of the heavy fines and statutory assessments imposed on a driver convicted of DWI or drug DUI.

As New Jersey DWI trial lawyers, I and my colleagues have decades’ worth of experience in representing those individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of the law following a drunken driving arrest. Many times, a New Jersey motorist has been driving his or her vehicle out-of-state when they are stopped for a minor traffic offense, but if they have had a drink or two, the police may take them into custody and charge them with DWI. For these New Jersey residents who have, penalties drunk driving can sometimes be more severe than in our own state, depending of course on the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the driver’s previous record.
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