Essex County DWI Lawyer
Over a Decade of Experience Protecting Clients Against the Severe Penalties for DWI and DUI
In New Jersey, a DWI/DUI conviction can lead to jail time, fines and other penalties. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Regardless of the facts of your case, you have defenses available, and you can mitigate the consequences of your drunk driving arrest with the help of an experienced Essex County DWI lawyer.
Essex County DWI Lawyer, Scott Gorman, Explains 7 Critical Facts About Facing a DUI Arrest
1. New Jersey Imposes Severe Penalties for DWI/DUI.
Yes, jail time is a real possibility if you are facing a DWI/DUI charge in Essex County. If you are a first-time offender, you could be jailed for up to 30 days. If you are a repeat offender, you could be facing up to 180 days behind bars. This is in addition to the various other penalties for DWI/DUI under New Jersey law.
2. DUI/DWI is Not a Crime.
Despite these severe penalties, DWI/DUI is not a crime in New Jersey. However, a conviction will still go on your permanent record, and the fact that DWI/DUI is classified as a “traffic violation” rather than a crime means that you are not entitled to a jury trial.
3. The Municipal Court Process is Lengthy and Complex.
There are several steps in a DWI/DUI case in Essex County. While this means that your defense lawyer will have several opportunities to try to resolve your case favorably without going to trial, it also means that there are many opportunities for missteps along the way.
4. You May Have Multiple Defenses Available.
From challenging the results of your breath or blood tests to asserting your constitutional rights, there are multiple potential defenses to DWI/DUI in New Jersey.
5. You May Need to Assert Multiple Defenses.
In order to avoid a conviction, your Essex County DWI lawyer may need to assert several different defenses on your behalf, some of which will need to be asserted at an early stage of your case. For example, even if you are able to successfully challenge your breath or blood test results, you may still need to challenge other evidence that the prosecutor’s office may be able to use to convict you.
6. The Options for Removing a DWI/DUI from Your Record are Limited.
Drunk driving convictions are not eligible for expungement in New Jersey, and the grounds for challenging a DWI/DUI conviction are limited. This makes it all the more important to fight your charge all the way through trial if necessary.
7. Your Initial Consultation with an Essex County DWI Lawyer at The Gorman Law Firm is Free.
At the Gorman Law Firm, your initial consultation with defense attorney Scott Gorman is free. It is also completely confidential, and Scott can make arrangements to meet with you in person as soon as possible.
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with Essex County DWI Lawyer Scott Gorman
If you need experienced legal representation for a DWI/DUI case in Essex County, contact us now to schedule your free initial consultation with with Essex County criminal defense attorney Scott Gorman. Call 201-489-9199 or tell us how to reach you to start working on your defense today.