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First Offense DWI

First Offense DWI Lawyers in Toms River NJ

The consequences of a driving while intoxicated ("DWI") conviction in Toms River or elsewhere in New Jersey are significant irrespective of whether it is your first offense or a subsequent violation. The reason is because an individual is subject to, among other things, a mandatory drivers license suspension, a Division of Motor Vehicles Surcharge of at least $3,000 (i.e. $1,000 per year for 3 years), and may even be sent to jail for a first violation. The penalties get even worse for a second offense. Our experience has told us that the best strategy for avoiding a conviction and/or penalties under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 is to effectively and aggressively defend a DWI charge. In fact, there really is no other way to avoid a poor outcome as there is no plea bargaining of a first offense or any other DWI in New Jersey. You must attack the charge and convince the prosecutor and municipal court judge, that there is a bona fide issue that raises reasonable doubt concerning the offense. Our attorneys, many of whom are former driving while intoxicated prosecutors, are seasoned in identifying issues and obtaining dismissals or reductions in DWI charges. We are also extremely familiar with the major DWI courts in Ocean County as former prosecutors in Toms River, Stafford Township, Lacey, Brick, Manchester, Jackson, Berkeley, Point Pleasant Beach and Little Egg Harbor. It also helps that the the lawyers on our defense team have over 100 years of combined experience defending DWI, DUI and Breath Test Refusal cases. Contact us for immediate assistance with your first offense or other DWI charge. We can be reached immediately for a free consultation at (732) 286-6500.

Penalties for a First Offense DWI

Unlike a second offense or third offense where there is a set period of suspension, the revocation you will face for a first offense hinges on the blood alcohol concentration (i.e. BAC) that is introduced at the time of your sentencing. If the reading is .08% but less than .10%, then your license will be suspended for three months. For first offense BAC readings of .10% or higher, the drivers license suspension ranges between seven months and twelve months in the discretion of the court. An ignition interlock must also be installed on your vehicle if the reading admitted into evidence is .15% or more. In addition, all DWI convictions result in a fine of $250-$500, other mandatory assessments and a state surcharge of $1,000 per year for three years. The best and only way to avoid these ramifications is to avoid a conviction and/or have the original breath test or blood test results suppressed (i.e. eliminated from the case). We happen to possess a team of DWI lawyers who have an excellent history of success in challenging first offense BAC readings.

Stafford Township NJ First Offense DWI Defense Lawyers

While Toms River traditionally ranks at the top of the statistics for driving while intoxicated offenses issued in Ocean County, Stafford Township is typically ranked second or third with Brick New Jersey. A contributing factor for all three (3) towns possessing such a high incident of DWI charges is not only their size and population but also the significant stretches of the Garden State Parkway that run through these municipalities. Lacey and Berkeley also have an inflated number of offenses for DWI and DUI because of the presence of the Parkway. If you or a loved was arrested and is facing a first offense in Toms River, Stafford, Brick or another municipality, we can help you. We know the courts extremely well and also happen to enjoy one of the most experienced drunk driving defense teams in the state. Matthew Dorry, an attorney on our staff, even served as the prosecutor in these towns in the past. To speak to Matt or another lawyer at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, call (732) 286-6500.

What Clients Say About Our Ocean County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Exemplary attorneys. I hired them for a DUI and an expungement. I was happy with the results for both cases. Special thank you to Samera for always answering all of my calls and questions JC
I'm 45 years old and this was my first time ever getting in trouble with the law. I was in need of a lawyer and after careful research, I called John F. Marshall Attorneys and was introduced to Abe Basch. Abe was professional, supportive and very thorough. I had three charges against me, one civil and two criminal. I was so scared and expressed that to Abe. The first day I had to go to court, I was an absolute nervous wreck but Abe prepped me and kept my anxiety levels down by going over the process of the courts thoroughly with me. He fought to get my charges dismissed and won all three cases (two court appearances). Abe is positive, confident and he ensured I felt the same way. I'd like to say thank you to Abe for working so diligently on my cases to get them dismissed. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest! I highly recommend Abe for any charges you may be faced with. Rose C.
I was out of state on a family emergency and I had to retain council asap as a boy friend was sitting in county jail with the new no bail point system and Mr marshal and staff made me feel Soo much better knowing that my detained loved one was in such great hands! He spoke to me as I was outta state kept in touch allowed me to work out payment due to the situation and just all out the difference in my bfs voice alone with all the medical problems and such he was going threw sounded better than he had since the first day he was there and was Soo happy that Mr marshal went that day retained to see him in the jail and have him ready for court which wasn't supposed to be till Friday but again Mr marshall and team got it so we can get him now on wendsday and all I have to say is if your looking for a real down to earth lawyer that will work with you and help in anyway possible and I can't for get the team at the office TONI and everyone else thank you again I'd give 100 stars if I could! Nicole J.
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