While you may only be facing your first offense, there is no leniency when it comes to the mandatory DWI penalties that shall be applied by the judge in Wall Township. The way you make headway in a driving while intoxicated case, instead, in coming up with bona fide issues to allow the Wall prosecutor and judge to put through a dismissal and/or downgrade. The first step in this process is often getting the Alcotest Breath Readings suppressed (i.e. excluded from evidence) in a case. The credentials possessed by the attorneys at our firm continually prove highly valuable to our clients in getting breath test results excluded. Indeed, our office posssesses 5 of the 50 Alcotest certified lawyers in the state. We are also former prosecutors in over 25 municipalities and our managing partner has even served in Wall. To learn more, contact our office today to speak with an experienced Wall Twp DWI Attorney during a free consultation.
Drivers License Suspension. The suspension period applicable to a first offense hinges on the Blood Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) presented to the Judge at sentencing. If the reading is .08% but less than .099%, the court must impose a three (3) month suspension. For readings of .10% or higher, the period of revocation is at least seven (7) months and can be as high as one (1) year.
Surcharges. The State of New Jersey, Division of Motor Vehicles, imposes a mandatory surcharge of $1,000 per year for three (3) years as a condition to the restoration of your drivers license.
Ignition Interlock. Installation of an ignition interlock is mandatory for all first offense cases involving readings of .15% or more. The device must remain in the defendant’s vehicle during the suspension period, as well as 6-12 months following restoration.
Jail. A county jail term of up to thirty (30) days may be imposed.
Fines. The fine for a first offense is between $250 and $500. There are ancillary assessments that are also imposed by the state that can approximate another $300 to $500.