Our DWI defense attorneys recently defended a client who had been charged with a Drug DWI for being under the marijuana. Our client had been arrested by Port Authority Police upon returning to New Jersey from New York City. He was initially stopped by police for a motor vehicle infraction and upon further investigation, officers asked him to exit his car after smelling marijuana. Our subsequently admitted to police that there was in fact marijuana in his car and that he had smoked earlier. Based upon this evidence and his admissions to police, our client was arrested for driving while under the influence of narcotics, DWI in a School Zone, CDS in a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Marijuana. These charges are extremely serious because the drug DUI carries a 7 – 12 month loss of license, the school zone DWI carries a 1 – 2 year loss of license, the CDS in MV carries a 2 year loss of license, and the marijuana carries up to 6 months in jail and an additional 6 month loss of license.
Once at court, our attorneys challenged the State’s evidence against our client including, but not limited to, the stop, search and seizure of the drugs, and the subsequent investigation and testing related to DWI. After addressing various issues with the prosecutor and the police involved in the arrest, we were able to secure a complete dismissal of the drug DUI, the DWI in the school zone, and CDS in the MV. Moreover, we were able secure our client’s admittance into the conditional discharge program so our client’s criminal charges with the marijuana possession would be dismissed at the completion of six months probation. At the end of the day, our client was able to walk out of court without losing his license for even a day and avoid a criminal conviction. To learn more about how our attorneys may be able to help you or your loved one, contact our office today at (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation.