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Second Offense DWI

Jackson NJ Second Offense DWI Lawyer

Statistics show that there is an alarmingly high probability of someone committing a second offense for DWI in Manchester, Toms River or elsewhere in New Jersey. There may be any number of explanations for the increased probability of a second DWI but a lack of penalties certainly is not one of them. An individual is subject to a mandatory drivers license suspension of two (2) years, thousands upon thousands of dollars in financial consequences and the very real possibility of jail for a second conviction for driving while intoxicated. It is therefore an absolute must, especially in view of the outlawing of plea bargaining in DWI cases, that anyone faced with a second charge for DWI retain a skilled drunken driving defense lawyer.

The team at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall includes what may be the largest group of former DWI prosecutors and Alcotest Certified/Field Sobriety Testing Certified, lawyers in the state. We also happen to employ Matthew Dorry, an attorney who has served as prosecutor in Manchester, Toms River, Jackson, Brick, Lacey, Stafford, Berkeley, Point Pleasant Beach and several other towns. Attorneys are available to address your concerns 24/7 by contacting our Toms River Office. A free consultation is available immediately by calling (732) 286-6500.

Penalties You Face if Convicted of a Second Offense

Unlike a first offense where there is a range of penalties that our attorneys can attempt to manipulate to help our clients avoid consequences that would otherwise be mandatory, the same is not the case with a second offense. Unfortunately, it is more of an all or nothing situation making it that much more important for you to retain a lawyer that is highly skilled. Indeed, a much higher percentage of cases must go to trial when they are for a second offense in Jackson, Lacey or another municipality. Representation from someone with exceptional training and experience is certainly going to be a huge weapon if you goal is to escape a conviction.

The penalties for a second offense are severe. The first thing you need to know is that there is a mandatory drivers license suspension of two years for a second offense and that there is no provision for work or hardship licenses in NJ. The monetary consequences of a second conviction are likewise significant with a fine ranging between $500 and $1,000, mandatory court assessments (i.e. $230 IDRC fee, $100 to Drunk Driving Fund, $75 to Safe Neighborhood Fund, and $100 to the Alcohol Education Fund), and a DMV surcharge of $1,000 per year for 3 years. These financial ramifications do not include the escalation in insurance costs which can also amount to thousands of dollars each year. The jail term for a second offense is 2-90 days.

Lacey NJ Second Offense DWI Attorneys

Whenever someone is charged with DWI, there is an immediate sense of panic. This can sometimes lead to impulsive decisions regarding how to defend the violation or hiring a lawyer based on the wrong criteria. While a hasty tendency is generally less for a second offense, we nevertheless witness this occurring almost every day in our DWI defense practice. The task of anyone facing a second offense should be one thing following the arrest and recovery of their vehicle and it is to find the very best attorney they can afford to defend their case. The reason why this is so important is because there will be no plea bargaining when you go to court such that the only way to avoid the mandatory penalties of a second conviction is to convince the prosecutor and judge that reasonable doubt exists with respect to the charge. You also need to be represented by attorneys who are not only experienced in trying DWI cases but who are also willing to take the matter to trial as a higher percentage of second offenses go the distance based on the limited flexibility at sentencing (e.g. you must receive the full 2 years suspension if you plead or are found guilty). This is where our considerable experience and commitment to take a matter to trail can make all the difference in Lacey Township or another municipality. To reach one of our lawyers immediately, 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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