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Why hire an experienced NJ DWI Defense Attorney?

Posted: July 10, 2011

DWI is a very serious offense in New Jersey. I know, from the thousands of DWI cases I have handled over the last thirty years, that it can be a life-changing, humiliating violation. It can happen to anyone of us. If you are charged with Driving While Intoxicated by alcohol, illegal drugs, lawfully prescribed or pharmaceutical medications, don’t lose hope! Defending you is my business. I take the name of my website seriously — www.idefendyou.com. I take my registered trademark seriously too — idfendu®.

That’s because I’ve been in Court every day for the past thirty years, throughout the entire State of New Jersey, helping clients like you who have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

New Jersey has a lot of fine lawyers – there are over 70,000 of them. Everyone has a family member or friend who is an attorney. Almost everyone has had an attorney help them with a Will, a real estate purchase or for injuries due to an accident. But what if you are charged with DWI, DUI, Drunk Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, or Driving under the Influence? In New Jersey, they all mean the same thing. The penalties are the same for each and are the strictest laws in the nation. For each, you can go to jail, lose your license to drive, and pay heavy fines, insurance surcharges, and higher insurance premiums. You must go for mandatory alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car. All of these consequences and you aren’t entitled to a “plea bargain” or a jury trial! Additionally, as if those penalties aren’t serious enough, they are even worse if this is not the first time you have been convicted of it.

It is easy to understand, that if you have a serious medical problem — with your heart for example — you would see a specialist — a cardiologist — who has the expertise to help you. The same is true if you are arrested for DUI. You need me — an experienced, respected, DWI defense attorney. I am the lawyer who has personally helped people like you — who have been charged with DWI — for over thirty years; I am the lawyer who has been invited to instruct attorneys, judges and police officers in seminars about this subject all over the State of New Jersey. When you call my office, you don’t get a young or inexperienced associate to go to court with you. You don’t get an attorney who is an expert in real estate or immigration law. You get me. I personally travel to all of the municipal courts in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Hunterdon, Union and Warren County. During my lengthy career as an Attorney at law, I have maintained offices in Morris, Union, Essex and Somerset Counties, but I have been everywhere in New Jersey, as well as in New York, too, where I am also admitted to practice law, and in Pennsylvania, where I was sponsored to appear in Federal Court pro hac vice.

As yet another example of why the Drunk Driving laws in New Jersey are so strict, if you were stopped while driving – but did not intend to drive – you cannot use that as a defense, with the exception, of course, of a judicially-recognized DWI defensethat I created. That defense involvedusing my client’s intoxication as a defense to driving while intoxicated!

An experienced DWI defense attorney is someone whom the Prosecutor and Judge have seen in action – many times. It doesn’t matter whether your office is around the block from the courthouse. I am well-known as a respected, experienced, DWI attorney everywhere in New Jersey. Geographically, it’s a small State, which is densely populated with a multitude of roads and highways between the New York and Philadelphia Metropolis’.

The prosecution knows that I can try a case effectively, confidently and aggressively. They know I can find defenses to help you and spot weaknesses in the case that they think they may have against you. They know I am going to make them work hard if they want to try to convict you. They know I want to receive all of the discovery – the police reports, the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Reports to examine 20 minute observation issues; the Alcohol Influence Report and foundational documents to challenge admissibility of evidence; the police videotapes from the scene and police headquarters; the radio-dispatch tapes; the historical data-downloads containing prior tests on the Alcotest; the service and repair records for the breath-testing machine; the laboratory notes and chemist’s reports for drug-related DWI cases; the hospital records in the case of blood testing in DUI cases; the police roadblock memoranda if that is the claimed reason for your motor vehicle stop and arrest; the Alcotest operator certificates and manuals; the foundational documents necessary before breath tests can be admitted into evidence.

Of the many police departments I have had DWI matters with, they know they will face exhaustive and probing questions from me on cross-examination.

Can we prevent the breath test results from the Alcotest machine from being used as evidence against you? Were you stopped without a valid reason, without probable cause? Can they prove you were even operating the vehicle while you where under the influence within the meaning of the NJ DUI law? Would you be entitled to receive a “step-down” (lesser) sentence if you were convicted, and if you could, how and what would it be? They have to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. You can exercise your right to remain silent and not testify against yourself at trial. If the prosecutor can’t prove the case against you, it doesn’t matter whether you may have driven while intoxicated or not — you will be found NOT GUILTY! I am here to protect the legal and constitutional rights you and each of us have, whether you are a citizen of the United States or not. I am here to protect you from potential police overreaching, misconduct, misstatements and exaggeration.

I don’t do real estate. I don’t do wills. I don’t handle accident cases if you are injured. I defend people charged with Driving under the Influence, charged with Crimes and charged with serious traffic offenses that can carry jail, fines, license suspension and more, in the over 500 municipalities throughout New Jersey and in every Superior Court in the State of New Jersey.

Category: DWI In New Jersey