DWI Charges in Weehawken, NJ
Weehawken is notorious among local attorneys for being one of the toughest towns in Hudson County when it comes to handling DWI cases. This is for several reasons. The cops always show up, the court staff is very organized and will normally provide all of the evidence very quickly and the prosecutor knows what they are doing. To make matters worse, 99% of the Weehawken DWI charges are also charged with a companion summons for driving while intoxicated in a school zone, which we get into more detail with later on in this article. Long story short this can make for a nasty match up when it comes to defending your DWI case. That is why especially in a town like Weehawken you need someone in your corner who is going to fight for you.
Is It Possible To Have Your Weehawken DWI Case Dismissed?
The short answer is Yes and we have accomplished that for multiple clients. But in order to understand the full extent of what is involved in defending a DWI case you first need to understand that New Jersey has some of the toughest punishments for DUI convictions throughout the country. For instance, there is no plea bargaining allowed and if your case goes to trial you are not afforded a jury. If convicted, you will face a mandatory loss of license and potential jail time depending on the circumstances and there is no such thing as a hardship or work license in New Jersey. And if you risk driving while suspended for DWI and are caught, you will face mandatory county jail and an additional loss of your license from 1 – 2 years. Retaining an experienced DWI attorney to attack and challenge the State’s case against you is often your only option to try and avoid these penalties. As the firm’s founding attorney, Will Proetta, has successfully handled hundreds of DUI cases during his career and is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as an Instructor for Standard Field Sobriety Testing used in New Jersey and has separate training and certification from Draeger on the operation and proper maintenance of the Alcotest, New Jersey’s breathalyzer. Only a select handful of attorneys throughout the entire state have similar experience and certifications and this allows our law firm to pinpoint and often exploit any substantive and procedural issues in our client’s cases that can lead to the breath readings being suppressed or a dismissal of the DWI altogether. If you have been charged or arrest for DUI in Weehawken, contact our Jersey City office today to speak with an experienced DWI defense attorney at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation.
What To Expect If You Have Been Arrested for DUI in Weehawken
If you are charged with a DWI in Weehawken you will be subpoenaed to appear in the Weehawken Township Municipal Court, which is located at 400 Park Avenue, Weehawken, NJ 07086. It is not uncommon to have to appear multiple times over a period of several months while the DUI charges are pending. Judge Lauren Olivieri oversees all DWI cases in Weehawken and it is her duty to decide if the municipal prosecutor and the police successfully prove their burden that the defendant operated the motor vehicle under the influence or drugs or alcohol and it impaired their ability. It is important you show up on the date and time specified on your court notice or a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. If you would like to get it touch with the municipal court you can contact Karen Hablitz, the court administrator at (201) 319-6028 or by fax at (201) 806-6850.
DWI Hot Spots in Weehawken
Most of the DUI stops and arrests in Weehawken take place on these highways and corridors
– Route 495: Entering or exiting the Lincoln Tunnel to New York City on the New Jersey side. Port Authority Officers, Weehawken Police, and State Troopers often stake out this roadway looking for intoxicated drivers going into or leaving the city.
– Willow Ave: Police will often catch drivers coming from Hoboken and passing through the town on their way to the New Jersey Turnpike or Route 3.
Weehawken DWI in School Zone Defense Attorney
If you are arrested for DWI in Weehawken then you most likely received a separate ticket for DWI in a School Zone. It is common practice for cops to write this ticket in addition to the regular DWI or Refusal charge since they know the entire town is a school zone. DWI in a School Zone is a completely different charge from a regular DUI and the penalties are more severe and often “doubled”. An abbreviated list of the penalties is outlined below for your convenience.
First Offense DWI in a School Zone:
- License Suspension: One (1) to Two (2) years
- Intoxicated DriverResource Center (IDRC): 12 to 48 hours
- Fine: $500.00 to $800.00
- Jail: Up to sixty (60) days
Therefore instead of facing lower tier first offense DWI suspension of 90 days or even a suspension for 7 – 12 months, the suspension period is for school zone is 1 – 2 years at the discretion of the court. If you have been charged with a DUI in Weehawken contact our Jersey City office for a free initial consultation with an experienced DWI defense lawyer at (201) 793-8018.
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