DWI DUI Criminal Defense Attorney in South Jersey

Today, there is greater awareness of the perils of drunk driving in South Jersey: not only can driving while intoxicated lead to accidents, injuries and deaths, this is a serious offense. If you are facing charges for drunk driving or driving under the influence, the penalties can be severe, including fines, fees and surcharges. In addition, you may lose your driving privileges and even face jail time.

At the Stitzler and Stitzler law offices, we routinely defend clients against DWI/DUI charges in Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Atlantic, Ocean, Mercer, and Cape May Counties. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you may be afraid and not know where to turn. Don't go it alone. Our experienced attorneys will vigorously fight to protect your rights.

Drunk Driving Laws in South New Jersey

Because driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous, DWI and DUI laws are strictly enforced in New Jersey. A person may be found guilty of drunk driving in South Jersey if he or she has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more while operating a motor vehicle; the BAC limit for commercial drivers is 0.04 percent. 

However, you can still be convicted for consuming any amount of alcohol that negatively impacts your ability to drive. It is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of a narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit forming drug. You can also face charges for allowing another person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to operate a motor vehicle. Lastly, there is zero tolerance for drunk driving by minors and the BAC limit for those under the age of 21 is 0.01 percent.

South Jersey DWI/DUI Penalties

DUI First Offense

A conviction for a first DUI offense in South Jersey can result in a fine of $250-$400, imprisonment for up to 30 days, and a three-month license suspension. In addition you must participate in two days of six-hour alcohol classes in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. You must also pay an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years. For a first DWI conviction with a BAC of 0.10 percent or higher, the penalties are more severe, including fines between $300 and $500 as well as a license suspension between seven months and one year.

DUI Second Offense

The consequences for repeat offenders are harsh.  A conviction within ten years of a first offense will lead to fines between $500 and $1,000, 30 days of community service, a minimum two-year license suspension, and prison time of two to 90 days. You must also submit to 12-48 hours detention in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, pay $3,000 in automobile insurance surcharges over a three-year period, be subjected to installation of an ignition interlock device for one to three years after license restoration, and pay other related surcharges.

DUI Third Offense

The penalties for a third offense for an arrest within ten years of a second offense increase in severity, including a minimum fine of $1,000, a maximum of 90 days of community service, detainment in an in-patient alcoholism treatment program, 180 days of jail time, a ten-year license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device one to three years after license restoration, and automobile insurance and other surcharges. 

DUI In a School Zone

If you are convicted for driving under the influence in a school zone in South Jersey, you may face an additional fine of $500 to $800, 60 additional days of jail time, and loss of driving privileges for an additional one to two years.   

Drunk Driving with a Minor

A parent or guardian who is convicted of driving while intoxicated with a passenger in the vehicle who is 17 years of age or younger may be found guilty of a disorderly persons offense, forfeit driving privileges for a maximum of six months and must perform community service for up to five days. 

What is the implied consent rule?

All individuals who receive a driver's license in the state are subject to the implied consent rule. This means that if you get arrested for DUI in South Jersey, you must submit to a breathalyzer test. If you refuse to take the test, you will be detained and brought to a hospital where a blood sample may be taken. You will also automatically lose your driving privileges. 

DWI/DUI Defense Lawyer in South Jersey

A conviction for drunk driving or driving under the influence will remain on your permanent traffic record which may interfere with your livelihood, causing you to lose your job or hinder future employment opportunities. However, being charged with DWI/DUI in South Jersey does not mean you will automatically be convicted. The highly-skilled defense attorneys at Stitzler and Stitzler will diligently represent you and strive to achieve the best outcome of your case. 

Attorneys John S. Sitzler, James Gerrow, Jr., and Brenda R. Maneri, have considerable experience as former municipal and superior court prosecutors. We are well-versed in all local and state DWI/DUI regulations and have long standing relationships with local and state law enforcement, prosecutors and the department of motor vehicles.

We will obtain, review and challenge police reports, field sobriety and breathalyzer tests, medical records and related reports. We will thoroughly prepare and present your defense, working to minimize your charges and penalties, protect your license and avoid any jail time. If you are facing DUI/DWI charges in Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Atlantic, Ocean, Mercer, and Cape May Counties, call the Sitzler and Sitzler law offices today at (609) 267-1101 for a free consultation.

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Please call the office at (609) 267-1101 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your matter. Same day consultations are available. We are available for detention hearings in every county in South Jersey. Detention hearings are normally scheduled with in forty-eight (48) hours of an arrest that resulted in immediate incarceration.

We handle every type of criminal and traffic offense in the Federal Court, the Magistrate Court (military matters); the State Courts (superior court), the Municipal Courts located in townships, cities and boroughs within the counties of Burlington, Camden, Ocean, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem, Cape May, and Mercer.

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