Accomplished Legal Defense
A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) can have severe consequences for you and for your loved ones. The best way to address the problems created by a DUI/DWI arrest is to work with an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. At the law firm of Hanlon Dunn Robertson, our lawyers provide experienced representation and counsel to clients facing DWI/DUI or other municipal court charges.
DUI/DWI Conviction Penalties
Law enforcement will seize your license and impound your car. They will charge you with driving under the influence and request a trial date. If you are convicted on a first offense, other penalties could include:
- 30 days of jail time
- 30 days of license suspension
- Fines, fees and surcharges
- Mandatory alcohol counseling
- Ignition interlock device
In addition to these legal penalties, intangible penalties include problems at your job or at school, increased car insurance premiums and complications in your personal life because you cannot drive. The stakes are high; having a strong defense from our legal team can make a difference.
Defending Clients Against Breathalyzer Refusal Charges
Refusing a breath test, commonly called an Alcotest in New Jersey, is a violation of the law. The penalties for conviction on refusal are similar to those for a DUI/DWI conviction. Our firm’s DWI defense attorneys are dedicated and persistent defenders of clients’ rights and will review all the evidence to develop a strategy that gives the client the best chance at a good outcome. The firm’s lawyers will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to build a strong defense on behalf of a client facing breath test refusal charges.
We Handle All Municipal Court Matters
Whether you have a motor vehicle violation, are charged with disorderly conduct or simple assault, our law firm can help. In fact, we advocate for clients with all kinds of municipal ordinance offense charges. In addition, we regularly provide skilled representation for civil matters handled at the municipal court leve.
Underage DUI Defense
Unlike drivers over age 21, younger drivers have a different blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold that can trigger an underage drinking charge: .01 percent. If your child was arrested and charged with underage DUI, it is important to get help fast. There is a lot at stake.
The consequences of an underage DUI conviction are:
- 30-to-90-day license suspension
- Possible fines
- Mandatory community service of 15 to 30 days
- Required alcohol education at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)
- A delay in processing your license application if you are under 17 and unlicensed
You could also face related charges that include:
- Possessing alcohol as a minor
- Possession of false identification if it was used to purchase alcohol
- Distributing alcohol to other minors if they were intoxicated and in the vehicle
In addition to the legal charges and penalties, you could face more intangible problems, such as difficulty being admitted to a college or receiving a scholarship. You may also experience difficulty finding a job, very steep insurance premium increases and problems renewing your driver’s license after suspension. Finally, your underage DUI will be counted as a prior DUI if you are charged again within 10 years. Our attorneys are compassionate and persistent, making certain that they consider every possible defense. They keep clients and parents informed of their legal options throughout the process to minimize parental stress and teenagers’ anxiety.
Multiple Convictions Defense
The consequences of multiple drunk driving convictions in New Jersey are very serious. Your driving privileges, freedom and finances are at risk. The consequences of multiple drunk driving convictions in New Jersey are very serious. Your driving privileges, freedom and finances are at risk. The penalties for a third or fourth offense within 10 years of a previous DUI/DWI conviction are even harsher. If you were driving while suspended and the suspension was for a previous drunk driving conviction, you will face criminal penalties as well as the penalties for the traffic offense of drunk driving.
Hardworking Attorneys Committed To Your Best Interests
The attorneys at our firm are known for their persistence and thoroughness when examining a client’s legal options. They examine all evidence carefully to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Additionally, one of the partners is a former New Jersey criminal prosecutor. This allows our legal team to anticipate the court’s response to particular case strategies.
Contact A Skilled Defense Attorney Today
Retain a skilled lawyer to defend you against a DWI charge. Contact Hanlon Dunn Robertson for a free initial consultation to learn how our attorneys can help. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 973-756-2927 or contact us online.