Drinking and driving in New Jersey, as in most other parts of the country, is a serious offense. Both driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) convictions carry heavy fines and other penalties that can seriously affect your life for years to come. In a situation where you are facing such charges, the help of an experienced attorney can make a world of difference in the outcome of your case.
DWI In New Jersey — Frequently Asked Questions
1. A DWI conviction is not a criminal offense in New Jersey.
This is true. A New Jersey DWI conviction will not result in any criminal case history.
2. A DWI conviction does not carry DMV points in New Jersey.
Yes, this is true. A DWI or refusal to submit to Alcotest conviction does not carry any license points with the NJMVC. However, many insurance companies use their own eligibility point systems, and a DUI or refusal can cause you nine insurance points and prevent you from getting an auto insurance.
3. Can I can get a work license?
New Jersey does not allow individuals convicted of a DWI any sort of conditional or restricted license. This means you cannot get a license for work, or for any other reason. Until you have served out your suspension, you will not be able to drive legally.
4. Do I have to take a breathalyzer test or Alcotest?
Yes you have to, if you are operating a motor vehicle on a New Jersey public roadway. Refusing to take a breath test does have consequences. It will land you an automatic license suspension of at least seven months and up to a year. This is in addition to the suspension you receive for your actual DWI conviction. If you are facing a second conviction, the additional suspension is two years.
5. Do I have to take a blood test or urine test?
6. Do I have to take the standard field sobriety tests?
You do not have to take the field sobriety tests either. There are a number of tests used by police officers in addition to the breath or blood or urine test. These SFST tests, though, are not a requirement. There is actually nothing that the state can do to you for refusing to take these additional tests. Refusing to take them can help lessen the amount of evidence the state can use against you.
7. Can I represent myself in court?
You always have the right to represent yourself. However, when facing a possible DWI or refusal conviction, do you really want to take the chance? The penalties for conviction are so significant that it only makes sense to hire the best representation possible.
Attorney Thomas Carroll Blauvelt used to be a New Jersey municipal prosecutor, and he knows what the state will throw at you during your trial. This experience can help you avoid a harsh DWI conviction. Please contact his offices today to see how he can help you with your case.