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Mount Holly DUI Lawyer: 2015 Memorial Day Weekend Was Deadly

December 29, 2015

Mount Holly DUI Lawyer: 2015 Memorial Day Weekend Was Deadly

Police establish more drunk driving checkpoints in New Jersey on a Memorial Day weekend than most other weekends because of increased holiday traffic, parades and the start of summer. The holiday is not an excuse for police officers to evade the law. Every charge must be reasonable and must comply with New Jersey requirements. If you were charged with a New Jersey DUI or DWI offense, Mount Holly DUI lawyer, Michele Finizio, will aggressively contest the charges.

Sadly, seven people were killed this past Memorial Day weekend in fatal car accidents. John Nash, the subject of the movie A Beautiful Mind, and his wife were two of the people fatally injured. At least one of those involved in these deadly crashes was charged with DWI. Moreover, in New York this past Memorial Day weekend a police officer saved a driver from driving into spectators on a parade route by blocking the suspected drunk driver with the officer’s own car.

New Jersey DUI Charges Are Serious

In New Jersey, a conviction for the first DUI offense can result in jail time. Convictions also mean fines, surcharges and suspension of a driver’s license. The penalties and length of jail time only increase for subsequent offenses. Drivers with a DUI or DWI conviction in New Jersey will face an increase in their insurance policy premiums because the New Jersey DMV keeps a record of all convictions.

Mount Holly criminal lawyer, Michele Finizio, Esq. knows the penalties and the exceptions regarding DUI charges in New Jersey. Young drivers under 21 are subject to more stringent BAC tests than older drivers. First-time convicted drivers must meet the requirements of the New Jersey Intoxicated Resource Centers. Second and third-time offenders must also install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle which tests the driver’s sobriety before driving. Drivers who refuse to take a breathalyzer or blood test may have that refusal used against them in court.

Defense Strategies for DUI Offenses in NJ

Mount Holly criminal lawyer, Michele Finizio knows that plea bargaining is not an option when facing DUI charges in New Jersey. New Jersey defendants need an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight the charges factually and procedurally, including working to show a driver did not meet the legal definition of DUI/DWI. For example, the Law Offices of Michele Finizio may argue that a driver’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) was below .08 or that the driver was not actually seen driving a vehicle.

New Jersey Police must comply with required protocols. Blood and breath tests can be challenged on the grounds that improper warrants were used or due to the fact that the machines were not properly calibrated. Moreover, doctors and nurses are required to draw the blood in a specific manner. Refusals to take tests are only admissible if the officer properly informed the defendant and the refusal was clearly negative. Field sobriety tests can also be challenged.

Drunk Driving Defendants Need a Skilled Criminal Lawyer in Mount Holly, NJ

If you were charged with a DUI/DWI this Memorial Day weekend or on any day of the year, you need an experienced DUI lawyer in Mount Holly fighting for you. A conviction can mean jail time, huge financial expenses and possibly the loss of a job because most New Jersey drivers need to use a car to get to work. Contact Mounty Holly criminal lawyer, Michele Finizio at 856-888-9059 for an appointment or fill out our online contact form. We represent clients in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Cumberland County, Salem County and Atlantic County as well as in Mount Holly, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Westmont and Moorestown.

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“First class representation. Michele was my son’s attorney after he made a slight but bad decision that hurt no one, but one that potentially could have a caused a lifetime of employment problems in the future, despite having a four year college degree. First of all Michele was very proactive in protecting his rights. Rights we were not even aware of. She provided quick and reliable answers to our questions. Before we met with her our anxiety and worry was insatiable. The peace we felt after our first consultation alleviated all that and we knew we picked the right attorney. Her excellent negotiation skills resulted in a settling his case quickly and without conviction.

We owe a debt of gratitude for her service. I was shocked at how much she was able to do for my son. She is a solid lawyer who is honest and works to insure the best possible outcome for her client is achieved.”
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“I could not had ask for a better attorney. Michele Finizio treated my case and the case of those I’ve recommended as if we were part of her family. She gave it all she had, made her voice and case be heard in court and made it count, and we had the best possible outcome, thanks to her experience and expertise. Thank you very much for an outstanding job.”
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