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DWI Offenses


New Jersey DWI Defense Lawyer

An individual arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) should immediately seek qualified legal representation. Without hearing from a defense attorney, Municipal Court judges often view the evidence against the accused, which typically includes a police report and blood or breath test results, to be strong enough for a conviction.

Attorney James Abate of The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC conducts a thorough investigation into the unique circumstances of each client’s case. Mr. Abate’s extensive preparation and strong litigation skills form a strong defense with the end goal of having DWI charges reduced or dropped.

First offense penalties

The Motor Vehicle Commission DWI webpage lists the following penalties for a first time DWI conviction in New Jersey:

Alcohol or drug-related DWI with BAC greater than .08 but less than 0.10 percent
License loss Fines, fees and surcharges Prison term Community service, IDRC and interlock
3 months $250–$400 fine
$230 IDRC fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
Up to 30 days 12–48 hours IDRC
Alcohol or drug-related DWI with BAC of 0.10 percent or greater
License loss Fines, fees and surcharges Prison term Community service, IDRC and interlock
7 months–
1 year
$300–$500 fine
$230 IDRC fee
$100 to drunk driving fund
$100 to AERF
$1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
$75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
Up to 30 days 12–48 hours IDRC
BAC 0.15% or greater: ignition interlock device during license suspension and 6 months – 1 year following restoration

Individuals caught driving with an open container, driving on a suspended license, driving with drugs in the car, or refusing to take a breath test face additional fines and will have additional time added to their license suspension, hindering their ability to return to a normal life.

Mr. Abate’s services

Attorney James Abate has handled countless DWI cases during his career as a criminal defense attorney. Clients rely on Mr. Abate’s experience and legal savvy for assistance defending their rights. He explains all available options in laymen’s terms and aggressively attacks weak points in the prosecution’s case to improve the chances for an acquittal or a reduction of penalties.

Contact The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC for a no-obligation consultation

Call on The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC for assistance if you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mr. Abate is available 24 hours a day should an emergency arise and you need a defense lawyer by your side. With offices in Westfield and Bridgewater, Mr. Abate serves clients throughout Somerset, Union, Middlesex, Morris and Essex counties as well as other areas of New Jersey. Reach out to his office online or at (908) 210-9755 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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