If you have been charged or arrested for DWI in Westfield New Jersey then chances are you have a lot of questions and concerns. The most important choice you will make is choosing the right defense lawyer to represent you against your charges. A conviction or guilty plea may result in a mandatory loss of your driver’s license for anywhere from 4 months to 8 years, depending on the circumstances of your case, your consent or refusal to take a breathalyzer test, and your history with regard to DWI offenses in this state and elsewhere. Moreover, you could face other consequences such as installation of an interlock device in your car, drunk driving classes, thousands in fines and surcharges, and even county jail. At Proetta & Oliver we take these charges very seriously, and have successfully represented hundreds of clients against DWI charges throughout New Jersey and Westfield. The firm’s founding attorney, Will Proetta holds a dual certification as an Alcotest operator (New Jersey’s breathalyzer) and Instructor for Standard Field Sobriety Testing so we are better able to assist our clients in challenging their charges. If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, contact us at (908) 838-0150 to have a free initial consultation with an experienced DWI defense lawyer.
DWI Arrests and Charges in Westfield
Westfield is a fast growing town that has become very desirable among upper class residents. However, the town writes a large amount of DUI tickets annually most likely because of the high volume which travels thru Westfield on Route 28 (North Ave) and the bordering U.S. Route 22 to the north. If you are stopped for drunk driving in Westfield then you will be required to appear in Westfield Municipal Court to address your charges. On the day of your court date you should be prepared to spend several hours in court. These cases often require numerous appearances over months and it is always well advised that you hire a defense attorney well in advance of your court date so you can be prepared when you go to court.
It is also common for a person charged with DWI to face additional traffic charges. For example, if police observed you swerving in traffic and exposing other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians to danger, you could be issued a ticket for reckless driving on top of the DWI charge. These kinds of traffic tickets are highly likely when the alleged drunk driving incident involved any type of dangerous conduct on the road. Careless driving is a similar but slightly lesser traffic ticket that you may receive with a DUI as well. And you can expect to be charged with other offenses if the DWI resulted in an accident that caused property damage or injuries. Whatever the case may be, get in touch with a dedicated DWI lawyer who can investigate the evidence and practices in your unique case and craft the best course of action based on your needs and situation.
DWI Lawyer in Westfield New Jersey
Drunk driving charges in New Jersey can be a tough uphill battle especially for the inexperienced. This is because there is absolutely no plea bargaining allowed for driving while intoxicated offenses in New Jersey, unlike other tickets. If your DUI case goes to trial then, unfortunately, you will not be given a trial by jury but instead the municipal judge will decide your fate. To make matters worse these cases are often pushed along before they are ready to be resolved in accordance with the administrative office of the courts (AOC) directive to clear the case within 60 days of the arrest. This often puts defendants in a precarious position if they do not have time to properly review all evidence and prepare a defense. At the Proetta & Oliver we aggressively advocate on each of our client’s behalves so that you are not bullied around and we will make sure the state is challenged at every angle. If you would like to speak with a lawyer from our office about representation, contact us at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation today.
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