When You Have Been Charged With DWI, Take Action As Soon As Possible
The police, prosecutors and judges of New Jersey take driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges seriously. A DWI conviction, even on a first offense, may be punishable by jail time, steep fines, license suspension and ignition interlock. The collateral consequences are heavy, too, in the form of higher insurance rates or employment background checks. Protect yourself with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The lawyers at Iacullo Martino, LLC, take DWI charges seriously. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will explore every avenue to defeat the charges or mitigate the penalties. We work one on one with our clients to ensure that we have identified the best options for their case and their goals.
Providing Skilled And Professional Defense
Iacullo Martino, LLC, attorneys know how to challenge a DWI, from the traffic stop to the breath sample. Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to pull you over? Were you asked to perform nonstandard tests such as reciting the alphabet backward? Were the standardized field sobriety tests properly conducted? Was the Breathalyzer (Alcotest) properly calibrated and administered? We will examine every opportunity to have charges dismissed or reduced.
We provide defense for any DWI/DUI scenario you may be facing such as:
- First-offense DWI (also known as DUI)
- Repeat DWI
- Underage DWI (any alcohol)
- Refusal of the breath test
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- A DWI accident resulting in injury or death
- Driving on a suspended license
Potential Consequences For A DWI Conviction
The penalties for a first-time DWI/DUI may include substantial fines and surcharges up to $4,000, jail time or a weekend at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. Other potential penalties are:
- Community service
- License suspension for three months to a year, depending on blood alcohol content
There are minimum consequences for those who have been convicted with higher blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. A BAC of .15 or greater requires installation of an ignition interlock device at your expense before you can resume driving.
A second DWI conviction within 10 years will result in mandatory jail time and loss of your license for two years.