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FAQs About DUI/DWI In New Jersey

A drunk driving charge can dramatically impact an individual’s freedom. From loss of driving privileges to actual jail time, drivers might find it difficult to get to work, get to school or simply run household errands. At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law, we understand the frustration and confusion many individuals feel when facing these charges. While every case is different, there are some common questions that come up time and again.

What To Do If Arrested For DUI/DWI?

If you were arrested for DUI or DWI, it is important that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. At this point, law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office are building a case against you and they are likely going to pursue the maximum penalty possible. You need to have a strong defender on your side from the very start.

It is important to make sure that all critical evidence is preserved and an attorney will ensure that. If there is a recording from the police officer’s vehicle or police headquarters, it is necessary to view that video and audio. If blood or urine was taken, the results must be examined.

What Are The Penalties For DUI/DWI In New Jersey?

Depending on your driving history and the circumstances surrounding your arrest, there are numerous consequences, including:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • License suspension
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Insurance surcharges
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center class

How Do I Get My License Back After A DUI/DWI In New Jersey?

It is important that you have an attorney that stays with you throughout the entire process. Even once the case is concluded in court, there are many administrative requirements that must be fulfilled in order to reinstate your driver’s license. Once you’ve successfully completed the terms of your license suspension, you won’t immediately get your license back. You will likely have to visit the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to complete a reinstatement application and pay any applicable fees. Even then, until you’ve completed this step and have your new license – or temporary paperwork – you could still be charged with driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Can A DUI/DWI Charge Be Dropped/Expunged?

In New Jersey, a DUI is a motor vehicle offense rather than a criminal offense. As such, there is currently no way to expunge it from your driving record.

Contact A Bergen County Drunk Driving Defense Attorney | Se Habla Español

At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law, our Hackensack DWI attorneys use their experience to help you negotiate for reduced penalties or defend you at trial. To get started, contact us by calling 201-212-4532 or by completing our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation about your criminal defense. With offices in Hackensack, Wayne and the Bronx, our DUI lawyers are here to help you.