First Offense DWI Attorney in Bordentown NJ
The largest block of DWI charges our attorneys handle involve first offenses. In theory this makes sense since there is a deterrence effect to repeating a N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 violation once an individual has endured the penalties of a first offense. Your goal should be to escape this punishment and we can certainly help you reach this objective. If you were arrested for a DWI, DUI or refusal in Bordentown, Pemberton, Florence, Mt. Laurel, or Mt. Holly, our firm has exceptional qualifications and skills to obtain a dismissal or downgrade of your charge. Mr. Marshall and other members of our Burlington County Office have been handling DWI cases for over twenty (20) years. Several attorneys at the firm are dual certified in both Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and on the Alcotest 7110. We do some much of this work that there are attorneys at the firm whose practices are dedicated exclusively to representing individual charge with driving while intoxicated. To speak to an attorney about fighting your first offense in Florence, Burlington Twp., Bass River, Delran, Cinnaminson or another town, call our Mr. Laurel Office at 856-234-8900 for a free consultation.
Penalties for a First Offense in New Jersey
The penalties that apply if you are convicted of your first offense hinge on the blood alcohol content (“BAC”) that is introduced at the time of your plea or finding of guilt. It the submitted BAC is .08-.099% you will face a three month license suspension and fine of $200-$400. When the BAC submitted into evidence is .10% or higher, the suspension period escalates to seven to twelve months along with the fine to $300-$500. Irrespective of whether the conviction involves a first tier or second tier BAC reading, there are additional penalties that apply. All first offenders must spend 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center and pay an annual surcharge of $1,000 for three years. There is also mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device for 6-12 months if the BAC is .15% or higher, otherwise, whether to impose this penalty for a first offense is left to the discretion of the sentencing judge.
Florence NJ First Offense DUI Lawyers
We appreciate how overwhelming a DWI charge can be, especially if you have no experience dealing with courts and attorneys. The most important thing you need to keep in mind is that the prosecutor and judge’s hands are tied unless you present a bona fide issue that affects the state’s ability to prove the DWI, DUI or driving under the influence of drugs charge. You will absolutely need a qualified lawyer if you are going to reach this threshold. Our lawyers can provide this service anywhere in Burlington County including in Burlington City, Hainesport, Mansfield, Mt. Holly, and Palmyra. To reach a first offense defense attorney at our Mount Laurel firm, call 856-234-8900 for an immediate consultation.
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