Stafford NJ DWI Lawyers

Former Stafford Prosecutor,  Matthew Dorry, is Ready to Defend Your DUI Charge

Stafford is one of the busiest courts in Ocean County when it comes to DWI charges. This is somewhat understandable given the the municipality covers major stretches of the Garden State Parkway, U.S. Route 9, and Route 72, the primary access road to and from the summer recreation at Long Beach Island. If you were arrested by a state trooper or a member of the Stafford Township Police Department for driving while intoxicated or refusal, including Manahawkin, give us a call. We offer a unique level of representation as our attorneys are Draeger Breathalyzer Certified, Field Sobriety Testing Certified, are one of few firms in the entire state with its own Alcotest 7110 Breath Test machine, and employ the former prosecutor in Stafford Township Municipal Court. Feel free to contact us any time of the day for a free consultation with Nick or another member of our DWI defense team.

DWI Charge in Stafford New Jersey

Individuals often misinterpret two things following issuance of a driving while intoxicated summons. First, they frequently believe that every attorney can accomplish or, more importantly, achieve the same result in Stafford. The common thread in this thinking seems to be that the outcome in a DWI case is inevitable. This logic simply has no basis in reality, however, as the level of representation certainly plays a major role in the ultimate resolution of a DUI or refusal case. The second error in thinking is that there are no defense to a driving while intoxicated offense. This is also an erroneously based conclusion as our firm frequently avoids a conviction for DWI. The best advice we can therefore give you if you are considering representation is to obtain the most knowledgeable and experienced Stafford DWI attorney you can afford. This should be your primary focus at this point as plea bargaining in DWI cases is not sanctioned in NJ; you need a lawyer who can identify legal issues and argue them effectively in order to avoid a conviction in Stafford Township. Absent this level of success, you will be subject to the following drivers license suspension for a first offense, second offense or third offense:

  • For a first offense, there is a mandatory license suspension of 3 months for BAC readings of .08% to .099% and 7-12 months for blood alcohol cases of .10% or higher. If an attorney is successful in suppressing the breath test readings, something which we are able to achieve in a significant percentage of cases, a dismissal and/or lower tier suspension is attainable.
  • The license suspension is two (2) years for a second offense and there is no discretion at sentencing.

  • If you are found guilty of a second offense, the two (2) year loss of license is mandatory.

  • When someone is convicted of a third offense (or subsequent), there is a ten (10) year motor vehicle suspension.

The key to avoiding these penalties is a defense strategy that successfully attacks a fundamental component of the prosecutor’s case in Stafford. The way you can provide yourself with the greatest assurance of reaching this goal is to select the right lawyer. The attorneys at our firm can serve you well in this role.

Type of Offense

Suspension

Fines & Other Penalties

Jail Term

Other Penalties

First Offense

(BAC .08-.099)

3 Months

$250-$400 fine;

$1,000 surcharge;

$100 DWI Fund;

$100 Alcohol Educ.;

$230 IDRC Fee;

$75 SNFA

Up to 30 Days

12 Hours IDRC;

Mandatory Ignition Interlock if BAC .15 or Higher

First Offense

(BAC .10 or More or Drug DWI)

7-12 Months

Same except fine $300-$500

Up to 30 Days

Same as above

Second Offense

2 Years

$500-$1,000 fine;

$1,000 surcharge;

$100 DWI Fund;

$100 Alcohol Educ.;

$280 IDRC Fee;

$75 SNFA

2-90 Days

48 Hours IDRC;

30 Days Community Serv.;

Interlock during suspension plus 1-3 Years after restored

Third Offense

10 Years

$1,000 fine;

$1,500 surcharge;

$100 DWI Fund;

$100 Alcohol Educ.;

$280 IDRC Fee;

$75 SNFA

180 Days

48 Hours IDRC;

Up to 90 days Community Serv.;

Interlock during suspension plus 1-3 Years after restored

Stafford DUI AttorneysYou are encouraged to do your due diligence and to take a close look at the credentials of all attorneys you are considering (e.g. how much experience do they actually possess, how many DWI cases have they actual handled and tried, and what familiarity do they have in Stafford). We are confident that if you select representation based on the bona fide qualifications, you will want to contact our Stafford DUI Attorneys. Initial consultations are free of charge and we are available to assist you 24/7.

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