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If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, or DWI, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are protected. A DWI charge may have negative consequences on your professional life, as well as your personal life. With experienced DWI defense attorneys on your side, however, you will be able to mitigate the harm that one bad decision may cause in your life. At the Aretsky Law Group, P.C., we will aggressively defend you against these charges.
In New Jersey, there are a couple of ways that an individual may be charged with DWI. The first is a “per se” law. Someone who drives with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher is guilty of driving while intoxicated. If you have consumed more than one drink per hour, it is quite possible that your blood alcohol concentration will exceed this legal limit.
You may also be charged with DWI if you were impaired by intoxicating substances while behind the wheel. Law enforcement officers will observe your behavior while driving and subsequently in a field sobriety test. For example, were you swerving while driving? Did you disregard traffic signals? Did you have trouble walking or following instructions during a field sobriety test? The officer may use these observations to arrest you for DWI.
Officers are trained to monitor drivers for signs of intoxication. Specifically, they look for:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Slurred speech
- The smell of alcohol
- Mental state
- Signs of disorientation or a lack of coordination
However, breathalyzer machines and field sobriety tests are not perfect, and mistakes do happen. If evidence is not obtained properly, it may be tossed out of court. Our DWI defense attorneys know how to recognize when mistakes in the collection of evidence occur and will work hard to have your charges reduced or dismissed where possible.
New Jersey has a system of graduated penalties in place—as the level of intoxication or number of previous DWI convictions increase, penalties for the current charge become more severe. Consulting an attorney as early as possible is essential to protecting your rights.Have You Been Charged With DWI?
At the Aretsky Law Group, P.C., our defense attorneys work hard to ensure you are not wrongfully convicted of a crime. To schedule your consultation, call 800-537-4154 or email the office directly at email@example.com.
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