Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
is an extremely serious offense in the eyes of New Jersey lawmakers and law enforcement. DWI occurs when the perpetrator operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above 0.08, in violation N.J.S.A.
39:4-50. Additionally, DWI takes into account driving under the influence of any controlled substance and is not solely limited to alcohol. Any substance that impairs vision, judgment, or bodily function. Most states have a zero tolerance law when dealing with minors, meaning that underage persons, or those under the age of 21, may not have any alcohol in their systems when operating motor vehicles. DWI convictions can be especially derailing for minors just beginning to experience independence and responsibility.
A police officer must first pull you over under “reasonable suspicion” based on factors such as erratic driving and or traffic violations before investigating you for DWI. Once pulled over, law enforcement will look for signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech, combativeness, and erratic conversation. At this point, the police may have you attempt tasks known as field sobriety tests (FSTs). Refusal to attempt these tasks creates legal grounds for your arrest. Should you fail the tests, or refuse to perform them, the police officer will likely subject you to a breathalyzer test. Refusal to take the breathalyzer, or "Alcotest, may result in steep punishments regardless of your true intoxication levels. In the State of New Jersey, for instance, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test results in the loss of driver's license for a minimum of seven months. Apart from the breathalyzer, DWI charges carry serious penalties. You will face significant fines, loss of your license for long periods, possible community service, and, depending on the severity of your actions and number of prior DWI offenses, possible incarceration.
If you have been charged with DWI, your future as a driver has been jeopardized, as well as your financial and work situations. You need an experienced attorney who regularly handles DWI charges to help guide you through the complicated legal field. You also need a passionate advocate to fight for you aggressively. Anthony Macri has the experience and tenacity to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. With over thirty years of legal experience, he has gained the respect and admiration of his colleagues, as well as the fear of his adversaries, through his expertise, passion for representing the accused, and proactive courtroom philosophy, which holds that "aggression has its own value
." As an independent attorney, Macri recognizes the pressure that you are facing. You undoubtedly have unanswered questions, and you may have feelings of doubt and worry. Macri will personally connect with you, and offer you the peace of mind that comes with being represented by a true expert in the field of law. You will not be siphoned off to deal with inexperienced attorneys; you will have the full brunt of 30 years of legal excellence on your side as you face these serious charges. For an ally in the courtroom, contact Anthony J. Macri at 973-538-6200.