RAM Personal Injury Law Firm Partners Ed Rebenack, J. Silvio Mascolo and Craig Aronow


Have you been mistreated or injured in an accident? We specialize in personal injury cases in New Jersey, offering our clients individual, caring and convenient legal representation from centralized office locations in New Brunswick and Somerville. We also provide representation in cases involving municipal court violations and commercial litigation.
 
Call us now to talk about your NJ personal injury, municipal court violation, or commercial litigation case:
(732) 247-3600
 

Legal representation in municipal court cases in New Jersey: DUI, DWI, traffic offenses

Municipalities in New Jersey prosecute a variety of traffic and non-indictable criminal offenses in municipal court. These offenses can have serious consequences, including substantial fines and even imprisonment. Municipal court violations include the following:

  • Drunk driving, DWI, DUI
  • Traffic violations including speeding, driving on the suspended list, driving without insurance, driving without a license, careless driving, and reckless driving
  • Criminal misdemeanors
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Drug offenses
  • Shoplifting
  • Assault
  • Municipal ordinance violations

Motor vehicle violation fines and points

In addition to fines, motor vehicle violations can result in points on your driver’s license. An accumulation of too many points or certain moving violations may require you to pay expensive surcharges to the N.J. DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles) or have your license suspended. 

Hiring a lawyer for traffic violations

Our firm represents clients in cities and townships throughout the State of New Jersey. We take municipal court violations seriously and understand the effects the consequences they can have on a person’s life. We will fully investigate your case, aggressively represent you, and work with you to find the best possible solution to your problem. Call us to talk about your traffic violation case at (732) 247-3600.
 

Drunk driving offenses: DUI and DWI cases in New Jersey

A drunk driving offense in New Jersey is commonly called driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI). DUI/DWI is a serious charge that may have a significant negative impact on your life. If you are charged with a drunk (or “drunken”) driving offense, you face the suspension or revocation of your driver's license, significant monetary fines and even imprisonment.
 

Do you need a DUI or DWI lawyer?

Due to the potential severity of and impact of a DUI or DWI conviction, it’s imperative that a person charged with DUI/DWI, whether as a first offender or a repeat offender, get skilled legal advice and representation. RAM Law defends DUI/DWI charges in municipal throughout the State of New Jersey. In defending a case, we look at all arrest related documents and available video & audio recordings concerning the operation of the vehicle, detention by police, participation in Standard Field Sobriety Tests, and all circumstances of the arrest. We will also review the legality of the traffic stop, the administration of Standard Field Sobriety Tests and any blood, breath or urine testing devices, including the administration of the Alcotest which is the standard breath testing instrument utilized in New Jersey.

DUI and DWI laws in New Jersey – blood alcohol limits

The New Jersey DUI/DWI Statute, N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, makes it unlawful to "operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor . . .or . . . with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more by weight of [blood] alcohol." An arrest for DUI or DWI often comes after either a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test is failed. A blood alcohol content of .08 or higher is considered above the legal limit. A Defendant can be convicted of DWI in one of two ways); (A) operating a motor vehicle while "under the influence of intoxicating liquor", or (B) operating a motor vehicle with a "blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more.

Penalties for DUI and DWI offenses in New Jersey

Penalties differ depending upon whether the offense is a first, second or subsequent offense. In addition to the penalties listed below, a person convicted of DUI/DWI will be required to pay an insurance surcharge for three years and court costs and fees. A permanent record of the DWI conviction is also entered on the Drivers Abstract maintained by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles. The penalties for a conviction of a DUI/DWI are as follows:

  • First offense with Blood Alcohol Content of .08% but less than .10%: License suspension for three months; fines ranging from $250 to $400; mandatory 12 to 48 hour stay at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) with related fees. A court may also impose a period of imprisonment of up to 30 days.
  • First offense with Blood Alcohol Content of .10% or higher: License suspension for seven months to one year; fines ranging from $300 to $500 fine; mandatory IDRC stay of 12 to 48 hours with related fees. A court may also impose a period of imprisonment of up to 30 days.
  • Second offense within 10 years of the first offense: License suspension of two years; fines ranging from $500 to $1,000; mandatory IDRC stay of 12 to 48 hours with related fees; a period of imprisonment from 48 hours to 90 days; community service of 30 days. A person shall also be required to install an ignition interlock device in the motor vehicle.
  • Third or subsequent offense within 10 years of the second offense:License suspension of ten years; fine of 1,000; mandatory IDRC stay of 12 to 48 hours with related fees; a period of imprisonment of 180 days, except that the court may lower such term for each day, not exceeding 90 days, served participating in a drug or alcohol inpatient rehabilitation center. A defendant shall also be required to install an ignition interlock device in the motor vehicle.

“What if I refuse to take a breathalyzer test in NJ?”

If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test when ordered to do so by law enforcement, you will be charged with refusing to submit to a breath test or Alcotest (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.2). If a person has been charged with refusal to take in New Jersey, then you are probably facing both refusal charges and DUI/DWI charges. The penalties associated with the refusal charges in New Jersey are similar to the penalties for a first offense Driving While Intoxicated except that there is no opportunity for anything less than a license suspension between seven months and one year if you are convicted of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.2.

Middlesex County DUI/DWI laywers aggressively defending you

At Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, we recognize the severity of mandatory fines, suspensions and surcharges, as well as the practical problems posed by losing your driver's license. Although we cannot guarantee the outcome of any case, we explore all possible defenses and will vigorously and aggressively defend each and every case.

For a free initial consultation, please call us today at 732-247-3600. 
 
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