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An individual arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) in New Jersey should immediately seek qualified legal representation.

An individual arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) in New Jersey should immediately seek qualified legal representation. They can do so by consulting a New Jersey DWI Attorney. Repeated convictions for driving while intoxicated (DWI) carry substantially harsher penalties than an initial DWI. Drunk drivers convicted two, three, or more times face additional stigma in society and may have a difficult time finding – and keeping – jobs due to their inability to operate a motor vehicle for a prolonged period of time.

Mounting a rigorous defense is the only real way to walk away from a DWI arrest without severe repercussions. Our attorneys at The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC know this. They are quick to come to our clients’ defense during dire times. Further, Prosecutors are well acquainted with both Mr. Abate and Mr. Portanova, as they frequently appears in Courts all over the State, and their familiarity with the courtroom is an undeniable asset for those they represent.

Municipal Court Judges often view the evidence against the accused, which typically includes a police report, video evidence, and blood or breath test results, to be strong enough for a conviction. Getting help from an experienced DWI Attorney is advised in any case involving a charge of violating N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC conduct a thorough investigation into the unique circumstances of each client’s case. Our attorneys have been practicing as New Jersey DWI/DUI attorney for a combined three decades. Mr. Abate’s and Mr. Portanova’s extensive preparation and strong litigation skills form a strong defense, with the end goal of having DWI charges reduced or dropped. If you are planning to get in touch with a DWI Lawyer for your matter, call The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC at (908) 210-9755 for a free consultation.

In December 2019, the penalties for DUI convictions were updated to include the Ignition Interlock Program (IIP), in which the convicted offender would be required to install an ignition interlock device at their own expense. This expense is on top of the fines and fees that the offender is already facing, which can total nearly $5,000.00!

Penalties

First Offense, BAC 0.08% – 0.09% First Offense, BAC 0.10% – 0.14% First Offense, BAC > 0.15% Second Offense Third Offense
Loss of License Until Installation of Ignition Interlock Until Installation of Ignition Interlock 4 – 6 Months WITH Installation of Ignition Interlock 12 – 24 Months 96 Months (8 Years)
Ignition Interlock Device 3 Months 7 – 12 Months 13 – 21 Months 36 – 72 Months 120 – 144 Months (10 to 12 Years)
Fines $250 – $400 $300 – $500 $300 – $500 $500 – $1000 $1,000
Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) 12 – 48 Hours 12 – 48 Hours 12 – 48 Hours At Least 48 Hours 12 Hours
Jail Time Up to 30 Days Up to 30 Days Up to 30 Days 48 Hours – 90 Days 180 Days (MANDATORY)
Community Service N/A N/A N/A 30 Days N/A

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. They must get in touch with a DWI Attorney right away to have the charges reduced or dismissed.

Our Services

The attorneys at The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC have handled countless DWI cases during their careers. Our clients rely on Mr. Abate’s and his team’s experience and legal savvy for assistance in defending their rights. We strive to explain 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 our office at (908) 210-9755 if you want to get in touch with a New Jersey DWI Attorney.

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 in New Jersey. With offices in Somerville, Cranford, Flemington, and Piscataway, The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC is well-positioned to represent individuals, families, and businesses from Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Union, Warren, Monmouth, Mercer and Essex counties. Reach out to our office online or at (908) 210-9755 to schedule a free initial consultation with a qualified, knowledgeable representative!

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