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Jersey City NJ DWI Atttorney

We have successfully defended our clients against thousands of Criminal, DWI, and Municipal Court charges throughout Hudson County and New Jersey.

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Jersey City processes the most DWI charges in Hudson County, New Jersey Drunk driving charges are some of the hardest cases to defend in New Jersey for several reasons including the fact that there is no plea bargaining, mandatory suspension and no jury trial. For these reasons it is imperative that you hire an experienced DWI defense attorney if you hope to have any chance of a successful outcome. Founding attorney, William Proetta has set aside a large portion of his practice to DUI defense and litigation. As such, Mr. Proetta is certified by our state’s breathalyzer manufacturer, Draeger Diagnostics, as an operator for the Alcotest machine and is also separately certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as an Instructor in Standard Field Sobriety Testing used in New Jersey. These certifications, coupled with the fact that Will Proetta has handled literally hundreds of DUI cases throughout New Jersey including Jersey City, are qualifications that only a small handful of attorneys possess in the entire state.

If you have or someone you know has been charged with driving while intoxicated, contact our Jersey City office today to speak with an experienced DWI defense lawyer at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation.

Major Highways and DWI Stops in Jersey City

  • Holland Tunnel
  • New Jersey Turnpike Extension
  • U.S. 1 & 9
  • Interstate 78
  • Pulaski Skyway
  • Route 139
  • Route 440

Jersey City Municipal Court

Your DUI case will be heard at the Jersey City Municipal Court normally within 60 days of the alleged violation. The pertinent information for the Jersey City Municipal Court has been provided below for your convenience.

Location: Lewis S. McRae Justice Complex, 365 Summit Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jurisdiction:  DWI, disorderly persons offenses, municipal ordinances, and traffic tickets.

Chief Judge: Honorable Carlo Abad, JMC

Contact Information:  Telephone number is (201) 209-6700; email at; payment of tickets at NJMCdirect.


Elements of a New Jersey D.W.I. Charge

The municipal prosecutors are well trained in prosecuting DUI cases and will put together a strong case to prove intoxication beyond a reasonable doubt. The state can prosecute an individual based on evidence gathered from:

Standard Field Sobriety Testing (“SFSTs”)

1) HGN – Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus

2)Walk & Turn

3) One Leg Stand

**The results of SFSTs can be used for probable cause for arrest to prove a DWI case without a valid breath reading.

Alcotest Machine (Breathalyzer)

The New Jersey Supreme Court in State v. Chun found that the Alcotest 7110 with firmware version 3.11 is scientifically reliable.

The Alcotest, manufactured by Draeger, is now used uniformly across New Jersey by local police departments and state troopers.

The result of the breath reading, if 0.08 or higher, will be used as per se DWI violation

A conviction for DUI in New Jersey will result in mandatory loss of driving privileges, potential interlock device, court order driving classes and thousands in surcharges – even for out-of-state drivers caught driving intoxicated within New Jersey. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Jersey City contact our office to speak with an experienced DWI lawyer at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation.