In some ways, there may never be a more pivotal decision in your life than how you choose to deal with a first-offense DUI charge. In recent years, New Jersey laws intended to curb and punish driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — sometimes also called DWI — have become far more strict. Facing the charge without a proven attorney on your side could harm you personally and financially for many years to come.
Whatever happened, and even if you want to admit your mistake and move on, please do not face this serious charge on your own. Instead, talk to a defense attorney who knows the law, the court system, Motor Vehicle Commission procedures and all your legal options.
Harsh, Costly Penalties Make It Essential to Have Strong Legal Counsel
Depending on your blood alcohol content (BAC) and other circumstances, even a first-offense DUI conviction could cost you:
- Many thousands of dollars in fines, fees, surcharges and other costs — plus a huge insurance rate increase
- Driver's license suspension/revocation for up to a year — with an additional one-to-two years tacked on if you are ever charged with driving under a DUI suspension
- Other extreme penalties, including required use of an ignition interlock device and a prison term up to 30 days
The skill and commitment of your New Jersey DUI first offense lawyer could make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. For decades, resourceful criminal and traffic defense attorney Jeffery April has been trying cases before municipal court judges in Atlantic City and throughout South Jersey and negotiating favorable outcomes for our clients.
Deep Experience and Current Knowledge to Fight or Negotiate for You
We investigate first drunk driving offense cases thoroughly and look for any opportunity to win a dismissal or acquittal. If you were stopped without probable cause, if police made mistakes in administering Alco-Sensor, Breathalyzer or balance tests, or you have other grounds to fight conviction, we know how to prove it. If the case against you is strong, we will apply all our experience and resources to help you get through the ordeal with manageable consequences.
If you have been arrested for DUI in New Jersey, contact us at 609-736-2203 now to talk with an understanding, determined lawyer ready to step in and help.