If you or someone you love have been arrested, cited, or charged with a driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense, the most important thing you can do is to find a reputable, experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Many defense attorneys specialize in one area of the law, which is why working with a firm that focuses on DWI defense and similar case law is the best way to employ an attorney who can actually defend against a DWI charge.
Many people tend to think that DWI charges aren’t really that big of an issue, provided the charge isn’t associated with a car accident or fatality. Those people, however, would be quite wrong. Law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other state employees take DWI charges in Cherry Hill, New Jersey very seriously. Those accused of violating sobriety laws when operating a motor vehicle can and do receive the maximum penalties allowed under state law, as judges may hope to deter recidivism or send a message to future impaired drivers.
While some people believe that DWI only applies to those operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, DWI charges can also be leveled against those who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of other drugs, from street drugs to prescription medication. DWI offenses can also be brought against someone who is operating a bicycle on a public road while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Regardless of the scenario in which the arrest or citation took place, an experienced defense attorney who understands New Jersey DWI laws is the best way to minimize the impact of a DWI charge.
Did you know that even first time offenders with no criminal record who are convicted or plead guilty to a DWI charge face incarceration, loss of their driver’s license, and alcohol education courses? That’s in addition to hundreds of dollars in fines. If the accused has a previous DWI conviction on record, the penalties become even steeper, going up to ten years suspension of their driver’s license and several months in prison? Even if the accused receives only the minimum punishment for their offense, the impact of losing their driving privileges can be long-lasting.
Some employers have a zero tolerance policy for arrests or convictions. This means that even if loss of primary transportation doesn’t result in loss of employment, pleading guilty very well could. For someone facing fines, fees, and the costs of an Interlock system as well as alcohol education courses, the loss of a job could be devastating. Worse still, future employers may frown on the charges or conviction, making it much harder for someone who has been convicted of a DWI to find a decent job in the future, even after all the court hassle is well behind them.
Attorneys will do everything in their power to protect you, your future, and your rights. They will intervene to prevent law enforcement from coercing a confession or trying to use evidence that was obtained inappropriately in order to convict you of the alleged DWI offense. An attorney with the right experience, like the team at the Law Offices Of Stephen Lukach III, knows what options are available to DWI defendants, how law enforcement may have bent rules, and how to use any improprieties in their clients’ favor. From having a poorly administered sobriety or breathalyzer test thrown out to requesting that the court dismiss charges because of how the stop was performed, an attorney can use the system in a manner than can decrease the potential for life-altering consequences.
If you, or a loved one, are facing DWI charges your first call after the arrest or citation should be to the Law Offices Of Stephen Lukach III. The preliminary consultation will give both you and your defense attorney an idea of what defense strategies will work best in your case and what the potential outcomes will be. Hiring and taking the advice of a seasoned DWI defense advocate is one of the best ways to minimize the long-term impact of a DWI charge.