For a town with a population of around 9,500, Hackettstown makes a proportionately large amount of DWI arrests. A substantial part of that reason is Route 46, which crosses through the center of Hackettstown. Other major roadways that contribute are Willow Grove Street and Grand Avenue. A DWI charge in in New Jersey is exceedingly serious, and without knowing how the Court handles these offenses and knowledge of DWI law, fighting these charges without an experienced DWI defense attorney can feel near impossible. Often times technical and procedural issues not known to those unfamiliar with DWI defense can be missed and be the difference between a conviction and a downgrade or dismissal. With penalties that include licenses suspensions for up to a year for first offenses, two years for second offenses, and 10 years for third offenses, losing a DWI case can have a tremendously difficult effect on your life. Making it worse are the thousands of dollars in fines and surcharges, possible imposition of an interlock ignition device during and after your suspension, and last but not least the possibility of jail on a first offense and the requirement of 180 days in jail on a third offense. With consequences so severe, a consultation with an experienced DWI defense attorney is imperative. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have decades of experience handling DWI matters, not simply as defense attorneys, but also as former prosecutors. Those experiences allows our firm to evaluate your case with the knowledge gained through decades of DWI defense as well as years of prosecution. That type of well rounded evaluation inures to the benefits of our clients when mounting a defense.
DWI Arrest in Hackettstown New Jersey
If you are arrested for DWI in Hackettstown, your case will be heard in the Hackettstown Municipal Court. The Town of Hackettstown Municipal Court is located at 215 Stiger Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. The Hackettstown Municipal Court Judge is the Honorable J. Edward Palmer, J.M.C. The Municipal Prosecutor is James P. Sloan, Esq. The Court administrator is Laura Moore and can be reached at (908) 852-0688. Court sessions are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, and at 9:30 a.m. on the second and third Wednesday of each month. Before your court date, it is suggested that you consult with and retain an experienced DWI defense attorney.
DWI Defense Attorney in Hackettstown
As discussed above, the penalties if you are convicted in Hackettstown are severe. If it is your first offense and your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is between .08% and .10%, you face a three month license suspension, 12 hours at the Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center (IDRC), a New Jersey MVC Surcharge of $1,000 per year for three years, fine of between $250 and $400 and up to 30 days in Jail. If the BAC reading is above .10% and this is a first offense, you are exposed to an enhanced license suspension of seven to twelve months. If the BAC is .15% or more, installation of an ignition interlock during the revocation period plus six month following restoration is mandatory. For a second DWI, you face two years drivers license suspension, 2-90 days in jail, 48 hours of IDRC, community service for up to 30 days and between one and three years of an interlock ignition device. A third offense carries a ten year license suspension, 180 days in jail and other significant consequences. Given the extent of the ramification in the even of you being found guilty of DWI in Hackettstown, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are available to assist you immediately call (908) 722-1011 or contact us online.