Traffic Tickets, DWI And Other Charges
Drunk driving and related offenses are among the most commonly charged crimes in New Jersey courts. The people charged include teenagers and adults, construction workers, and business executives. What they have in common is the risk of serious consequences to their finances, their driving privileges and their freedom.
New Jersey law imposes harsh penalties for those convicted of drunk and drugged driving offenses. Even first-time offenders can face a suspended license for three months to a year. A second offense can mean loss of license for two years and time in jail. A third offense can mean losing a license for 10 years and a mandatory 180 days behind bars.
Other penalties you should expect if you are convicted as a repeat offender can include having an ignition interlock device installed on your car at your expense.
And if you have been convicted, even abstaining from alcohol or drugs won’t necessarily save your license in the future. New Jersey uses a points system against driver’s licenses, where speeding tickets and other charges pile up. If you accumulate 12 or more points within a certain time period, your license will be suspended.
However, if you have been accused of a crime, it’s important to remember that you have the right to a defense. With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can minimize the long-term damage these charges can do to your personal and professional life.
A Former Cop On Your Side
At the Clifton, New Jersey, law office of Carl G. Zoecklein, Esq., we defend the rights of people accused of crimes, including DWI/DUI charges and other traffic offenses. We advise our clients on their legal options, speak for them at hearings or at trial, and attack the evidence used against them by the prosecution.
Before becoming a lawyer, Carl G. Zoecklein served as a police officer, where he learned about how the authorities collect evidence and build cases against people. The experience showed him the difference a good attorney can make to a client’s life, and gave him a commitment to helping people get out of bad situations.
If you have been arrested, speak to a lawyer before you speak to anyone else. If you have been accused of drunk driving, or if you need help with other traffic charges, contact our office today to begin learning about your options. Call us at 973-259-6606 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.
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