FDriving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses are relatively common. As such, some people do not realize how serious DWI charges are and the lasting impact a conviction or guilty plea can have on an individual’s life and future. From saddling someone with a lifelong label as a criminal and the potential issues this can cause when seeking rental housing and employment to the exhausting daily commute required if one can no longer drive one’s own vehicle, DWIs can have a lasting, negative impact on the accused. If you, or someone you love, are facing a DWI charge in New Jersey, you should call a skilled DWI defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can prevent you from further implicating yourself while interacting with law enforcement and can guide you through the legal process of going to court for a DWI charge, while hopefully minimizing the repercussions of the charge on your life and future.
Most people who are charged with a DWI offense will be arrested and incarcerated overnight, pending arraignment. Tests may be performed to establish intoxication, whether the accused is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. From there, the accused is arraigned and will then await trial. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest and the individual’s criminal history (or lack thereof), prosecutors and judges have discretion as far as what penalties are associated with the offense.
Sometimes, a plea deal may be offered. Unless you have discussed the details of your Pennsauken DWI charge with an attorney, you should not accept a plea deal that could strip you of your license for months or even years. Accepting a guilty plea, even if you do so to avoid the hassle of court and the expense of mounting a criminal defense, can cost you and your loved ones dearly for many years to come. If you accept the deal, you are subject to sentencing. While judges may take your cooperation into consideration, many times there are mandatory minimums in terms of time in jail, fines, and the suspension of your license that they simply cannot change. This is why working with an attorney is the best way to protect your rights.
If you retain experienced defense counsel with a record of working successfully with DWI cases, they will know best how to approach your DWI defense. Prosecutors and judges in Pennsauken take DWI charges very seriously. Depending on whether the accused has a previous history of DWI offenses and the circumstances of the arrest or citation, they could very well receive the maximum punishments, from fines and jail time to suspension of their driver’s license and the requirement of an Interlock system being installed in their car when their license is finally renewed.
An attorney with a strong background in DWI defense, like the legal team at the Law Offices Of Stephen Lukach III, can analyze the details of the case, from the reason for the stop to the conduct of the officer performing the field sobriety test and more, to determine what approach to defense is likely to result in a positive outcome. In some cases, an attorney can be the difference between having a confession or a breathalyzer test admitted as evidence or tossed out as unusable by the courts. They have an understanding of how local judges and prosecutors approach DWI cases, and they can use that knowledge to help negotiate a lesser charge (one without a mandatory license suspension) or even work to get your case diverted from the criminal courts, depending on your personal circumstances.
If you or someone you love have been arrested for or charged with a DWI offense, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. The initial consultation will give you and the attorney a chance to discuss the details of the case and should give you an idea of what kind of defense would work best in your case. By working with an experienced attorney with a dedication to helping those accused of DWI offenses, you greatly improve the chances of a favorable outcome from those charges.