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Facing drunk driving charges in New Jersey is a serious matter, with even routine first offenses carrying the potential for thousands of dollars in financial penalties and up to 30 days in jail. If you have been arrested for DUI/DWI in New Jersey, you need to make smart decisions, and this starts with developing a plan to protect and preserve your future. To help give yourself the opportunity to present the strongest possible defense, use this checklist from the DUI defense attorneys at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A.
First, you should take the time to write down everything you remember about what happened leading up to, during and after your arrest. The unique facts of your case will determine the defenses you have available; and, the more information you can provide, the better able your attorneys will be to represent you. Focus on answering questions like:
DUI offenses carry severe penalties in New Jersey, and you could be facing additional penalties if you refused to submit to the Alcotest (breathalyzer test). The penalties increase in severity for second and subsequent offenses, and “aggravating factors” like causing an accident or being arrested in a school zone can lead to increased penalties as well.
Even if you think you are guilty, you could still have several defenses available. From Constitutional violations (such as stopping you without probable cause) to using uncalibrated Alcotest devices, police mistakes and other issues can present numerous grounds for seeking a not-guilty verdict at trial.
The first court appearance after a DUI arrest in New Jersey is called an “arraignment.” Make sure you know your arraignment date, and discuss with your attorney whether you should appear or formally waive your appearance.
When choosing a DUI attorney to represent you, it is important to do your research. Look for qualifications such as:
For more information about your situation or our attorneys’ experience in New Jersey DUI cases, we encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation. To discuss your DUI defense strategy in confidence, call 1-877-435-6371 or inquire online today.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.