New Jersey DUI/DWI Lawyers
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cost you everything: money, your job, your ability to drive for years, and even jail time. The experienced attorneys at Cores and Associates can protect your rights and keep you from losing everything.
At Cores & Associates, our experienced DWI & DUI attorneys defend those accused of DWI & DUI offenses in Central New Jersey. Our attorneys have years of experience in defending DWI and DUI charges and know how to get the charges reduced or dismissed.
What We Do in DUI and DWI Cases:
First, we start working on your case immediately. With recent changes to the New Jersey DUI and DWI laws, time is of the essence to minimize your risk of losing your license for an extended time. The experienced attorneys at Cores & Associates have years of experience in dealing with this type of case and we know what steps you need to take right now.
Next, we work with you to take steps which will get you back behind the wheel as soon as possible. We will work with you to ensure that you will be able to keep your driving privileges, allowing you to continue to work and live your life while dealing with a DUI.
We carefully review and analyze the evidence. There are many factors that go into a DUI or DWI case, including the manner of driving, officer observations, field sobriety tests and breath tests. Many times, what an officer writes or sees is not the entire story. The experienced attorneys at Cores & Associates will look at every piece of evidence and know where the mistakes are made by officers. We work with experts who understand every detail of the Alcotest machines used to provide breath samples and know when the police have not performed proper procedures in the maintenance and operation of those machines. Often, these deficiencies lead to charges being reduced or dismissed.
Finally, we go to court with you and work with prosecutors to show the flaws in their case. While New Jersey does not allow plea bargains in DUI and DWI cases, charges can still be dismissed or dropped if the evidence is flawed. The attorneys at Cores & Associates know how to use this information to your advantage.
If you decide to fight your case all the way to a trial, the experienced attorneys at Cores & Associates have years of trial experience and will fight to obtain a non-guilty verdict or to minimize your penalties.
DUI and DWI convictions can have a major impact on your life. You can lose your ability to drive for months, or even years. You may have to spend time in jail. You will be subject to thousands of dollars of penalties and insurance surcharges. You will have a record that could keep you from obtaining certain jobs or a commercial driver’s license. The attorneys at Cores and Associates will fight to protect you from these penalties.
If you are facing a DUI or DWI charge in New Jersey, you need an experienced attorney right away. There are steps you can take immediately to keep your ability to drive. Cores & Associates is here to guide you through the process and get your life back. Contact us today to discuss your case and what we can do to help you.
Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs):
One of the most common methods used by law enforcement officers to determine if an individual is under the influence is the use of Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). There are many types of these tests, but the most commonly used ones are the walk and turn, the one leg stand and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. While each of these tests can be effective in determining if someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they must be performed in the proper manner in order to be of value. Often, they are not and this can lead to a dismissal or reduction of the charges. Schedule a confidential consultation today to discuss your case with one of the experienced attorneys at Cores & Associates.
Sometimes the tests are performed in an improper place, like a wet roadway, on an unstable road surface or when there are flashing or bright lights which can lead to issues even for a non-impaired driver. Also, stress, fatigue and inadequate instructing in how to perform the tests can result in faulty results. The experienced attorneys at Cores & Associates work with leading experts in the field, including former New Jersey State Police officers, in examining how the tests were explained and performed to find the flaws in the case. Often, these flaws lead to prosecutors reducing or dismissing cases rather than have their officers testify about the problems in their methods. We know what to look for and how to use it to your advantage.
Penalties for DWI & DUI in New Jersey
New Jersey law provides for strong penalties for DUI violations, even for a first offense. A first offense carries a fine of between $250 and $500, along with a minimum of 12 hours in jail. Other mandatory penalties can add hundreds of dollars to the cost, not to mention a yearly surcharge from the Motor Vehicle Commission and higher insurance rates. You will also have to spend time on two six-hour long classes at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. Plus, you can lose your driver’s license for up to one year. The attorneys at Cores & Associates will fight to keep your penalties to the minimum allowed by law. Contact our office to schedule your confidential consultation.
For a second offense, things only get worse. Fines of between $500 and $1,000, plus hundreds more in additional fees, 30 days of community service, a minimum of two days in jail and the loss of your driving privileges for two years are the minimum penalties. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle after your suspension period ends. Our attorneys know how to fight these charges to keep you from incurring these penalties.
If you are facing a third DUI, you could face a minimum of six months in prison, 90 days of community service and a 10-year license suspension. The experienced attorneys at Cores & Associates will fight to keep these penalties from impacting your life and career.
In addition, you could face further penalties if you refused to submit to a breath test when requested by law enforcement. The attorneys of Cores & Associates know how to fight to keep you from incurring these additional penalties.
Defenses to DUI and DWI in New Jersey
The attorneys at Cores & Associates know that there are many defenses to DUI and DWI charges which can keep you out of jail and on the road. There may have been no probable cause for you to be stopped or a lack of reasonable suspicion of intoxication. The police may have not followed the guidelines for the FSTs or they may have failed to give you your Miranda rights upon arrest. The attorneys at Cores & Associates know how to examine the evidence to utilize the most effective defense for your case. Contact our office for a confidential consultation to discuss your case and what your defenses may be.
Contact the attorneys at Cores & Associates today to get the help you need to fight your DUI or DWI case. We know what to do to protect you from these serious charges.