Drunk Driving DWI/DUI
Drunk driving is a serious charge in New Jersey. If you are convicted, you will be punished harshly. At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, I fight DWI/DUI charges.
I know the criminal justice system from the inside out. Before opening my practice, I worked as both a municipal prosecutor and a public defender. I know the steps the prosecution takes when building a drunk driving case, and I know what it takes to defeat the charges. I don’t plead cases out because it’s easier. I fight charges, and I get results.
During more than 28 years as an attorney, I have defended clients against drunk driving and drugged driving charges involving fake IDs, drunk driving with minors in the car, DWI/DUI while boating, and drunk driving under the age of 21. I have handled serious DWI cases involving those charged with a second or third DWI offense, and have stood up for clients accused of felony-level DWI/DUI charges and vehicular homicide charges as well.
My experience handling these cases means three things. First, I understand the severity of your situation. Second, I know how the prosecution is going to proceed. And third, I know exactly how to proceed to secure the best results possible.
Changes To New Jersey DWI/DUI Law In 2020
Due to recent changes in the law, you may be able to keep your license after you are charged with DWI. There is one caveat, however: you must install an ignition interlock device (IID) into your vehicle. These IIDs require you to pass a breath test before you can start your car and may periodically require you to blow into it during your drive. If you ever have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .05% or higher, your vehicle will not operate.
Prior to 2020, license suspension was mandatory for anybody convicted of DWI, while installing an IID was only a possibility. Now, in an effort to help New Jersey residents retain their driving privileges, many people convicted of DWI will be able to keep their licenses as long as they install an IID in their vehicle. However, those charged with more serious DWI violations may still lose their license even if they install one of these devices. No matter the specifics of your case, my firm will work to help you retain your freedoms and get back to living your life.
I Will Fight Your Charges
When clients first meet with me, they are often scared. They don’t know their rights, and they are worried about the consequences of a possible conviction. I understand your fears, and I am here to help. I will sit down with you and answer all of your questions.
I will evaluate the entire situation. Do you have a commercial driver’s license? Did you have an open container in the car? Did you take field sobriety tests or a breath test? Have you been convicted of DWI in the past? Once I have all of the information, I will build your defense.
“Tom got my case dismissed and I did not even have to appear in court! He is very knowledgeable and always kept me informed about my case and any time I had a question, he answered it very quickly! I did not know where to begin to get this matter resolved, but after talking with Tom and giving him my information, he handled everything for me without any problems. I would highly recommend Mr. Blauvelt to anyone needing help with a DWI case. Give him a call — you will not be sorry!” — Jim, a former out-of-state DWI client
Contact Me Before You Say Or Do Anything
No matter what you think, you cannot talk your way out of a DWI/DUI. In fact, the more you say and do, the worse it often is. Don’t give police the evidence they need to convict you.