Belleville is a fairly large suburban township in Essex County, New Jersey processes a steady of DUI charges on a yearly basis. This is most likely attributable to a large population of around 36,000 residents in combination with several major roadways that run through the town including Route 21 and Route 7 that are heavily travelled due to large urban areas nearby. This translates into added motor vehicle stops that subsequently result in arrests and DWI charges. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Belleville, New Jersey it is important you know your rights and options. Choosing the right lawyer to represent you is going to be the most important decision you make. At Proetta & Oliver we have successfully handled hundreds of DWI charges throughout New Jersey and Essex County. In fact, founding attorney Will Proetta is a certified Instructor for the Standard Field Sobriety Testing used by the police and is also certified as an operator of the Alcotest machine (New Jersey’s breathalyzer) – credentials that are only shared by a handful of attorneys in the entire state of New Jersey. If you would like to learn more information about how we can defend your DWI charges, then contact us at (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney or to schedule an appointment at our Jersey City office.
Arrested for DWI in Belleville, New Jersey
If you have been arrested driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics within the township limits, you will be required to appear in Belleville Municipal Court to address your charges. The Belleville Municipal Court is located at 152 Washington Ave in Belleville, NJ 07109. The Belleville Municipal Court has two judges including Chief Judge Frank J. Zinna and Judge Karen M. Smith and they hold court sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. as well as Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. If you need to reach the court for any questions regarding your upcoming court date, you can contact them by telephone at (973) 450-3319. DUI charges are usually the most complicated and technical cases handle within municipal court and therefore it is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney well in advance of your court date so you can be properly prepared when you appear in court. Moreover, it is important that you pay attention to your court date and arrive early so you can check in with the court. If you miss your court date or fail to pay fines the court can issue a bench warrant for your arrest and suspend your driver’s license.
Belleville New Jersey DUI Attorneys
It is important to take notice of the New Jersey penalties for DWI so you can make educated decisions regarding your case. For instance, our state does not allow any plea bargaining for DUI defendants and if you take your case to trial you will not be given a jury trial because the case is in municipal court. Moreover, the state statutes do not allow judges very much flexibility in sentencing defendants convicted for drunk driving as the law clearly states that a finding of guilty requires a mandatory suspension of your license even for a first offense. To make matters worse, New Jersey does not allow any limited privileges for travelling to and from work – also sometimes referred to as a “hardship” license. These penalties are obviously serious and should therefore be taken very seriously. An experienced DWI defense attorney can challenge the state’s case against you and negotiate a downgrade or even a dismissal by pinpointing weaknesses with the state’s prosecution. If you would like to speak with an attorney to learn more about how we can help you, contact our office at (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation. Our representatives are available 24 hours a day.
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