When a motorist is pulled over in New Jersey for a routine traffic violation the opportunity does exist for a drunken driving arrest or summons. Depending on the circumstances — whether an individual is coming home from a night out with one’s spouse, following a party at a friend’s home or after a casual gathering at a local pub or drinking establishment — it is possible for police to judge that a driver is impaired due to some amount of alcohol consumption.
Whether you’re driving in Union County, Bergen County or Middlesex County, the opportunity for a DWI or prescription drug DUI is always there. But is being arrested or receiving a summons for driving while intoxicated really a “done deal.” Not always.
When I and my colleagues, all professional New Jersey drunk driving defense attorneys, approach a client’s case, we use our years of experience to decide whether or not to petition the court to dismiss the charges against a motorist, or at least reduce those drunk driving charges to better match the particular circumstances.
As a former municipal prosecutor, I understand the mindset and strategy of the state’s representatives. This is why I always suggest to people who face a drunken driving charge, consider carefully whether or not you want to face the court without representation. An experienced DWI lawyer can be a great benefit, especially for drivers facing penalties for a drunk driving arrest or DUI charge for the first time.
And never, ever assume that nothing can be done. This is not only defeatist on its own, but most drivers don’t know that they might be able to improve their chances until they speak with an attorney. A good lawyer will examine all the facts pertaining to a DWI traffic stop. Understanding the details, such as whether there exists proof of intoxication or if a blood or breath test was performed correctly or is even accurate, allows a DWI lawyer to form a viable defense for his or her client.
So, if you or a family member has been charged with a DWI, don’t give up hope. Consulting with a knowledgeable legal professional can make all the difference. It’s always a good idea to select a lawyer who has the experience, skill, and commitment to represent you well in court. Several of our attorneys hold certifications in both Field Sobriety Testing by the National Transportation Safety Administration, as well as being certified in the operation and maintenance of the Alcotest 7110 – the device used by many New Jersey municipal police departments as well as the state police.
As a matter of fact, there are only about 50 attorneys in the Garden State who hold the Alcotest certification, and fewer than that who are certified in Field Sobriety Testing.