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First Offense DWI Lawyers Cherry Hill, NJ

DUI Defense Attorneys Represent Clients Charged with First Offense DWIs in Burlington County and Camden County, NJ

In New Jersey, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a motor vehicle violation that is associated with a range of quite significant penalties, which may include various fines, jail time, and suspension of driving privileges, among other things. Many people do not realize, however, that New Jersey law calls for first-time DWI offenders to be punished much less severely than subsequent, repeat DWI violators.

Since 2006, New Jersey drunk driving defense attorney Michele Finizio has helped numerous defendants — which includes first-time DWI offenders — avoid criminal liability for purported DWI violations in Cherry Hill, Camden, Gloucester Township, and throughout New Jersey. Call (609) 230-0374 to speak with an experienced South Jersey DWI defense attorney today. The initial consultation is always free.

Structure for First Offense DWI Penalties in Medford, NJ

In order for the prosecution to prove you guilty of a DWI violation, they must be able to show that you were, in fact, intoxicated at the time of the accident or when you were pulled over by police. In New Jersey, as in other states, the legal limit for blood alcohol levels is 0.08%. Essentially, if you are tested and are deemed to have a blood alcohol level at 0.08% or above, then you will be deemed intoxicated and therefore in violation of NJ DUI laws and regulations.

In the DWI context, blood alcohol content (BAC) can affect penalties, too. Simply put, the higher your BAC level, the more severe the penalties — even if you’re a first-time offender with no prior convictions for drunk driving within the past 10 years.

BAC Less Than 0.10

If your BAC was between 0.08% and 0.10%, then you may be penalized with up to: a) 30 days imprisonment in the county jail; b) $400 in fines; c) additional insurance and other surcharges; d) an ignition interlock system installed in all owned vehicles; e) suspension of your driver’s license for 3 months; and f) even more penalties.

BAC of 0.10 or More

If your BAC was 0.10% or over, then you may be penalized with up to: a) 30 days imprisonment in the local county jail; b) $500 in fines; c) additional insurance and other surcharges; d) an ignition interlock system installed in all owned vehicles; e) suspension of your driver’s license for a year; and f) more penalties.

Contact an Experienced South Jersey Drunk Driving Attorney for Guidance in Your Camden First Offense DWI Case

If you’ve been charged with a DWI in Camden, Voorhees, Deptford, or elsewhere in South Jersey, you may be confused, scared, and somewhat overwhelmed by the looming prospect of having to answer the charges in court. First-time defendants may not be aware of how the process actually plays out or understand the full legal ramifications of their violation. A conviction for a DWI offense in New Jersey could expose you to significant penalties, even if you are a first-time offender.

Camden criminal and DWI defense attorney Michele Finizio has over a decade of experience representing criminal defendants throughout New Jersey, and she is particularly well-versed in handling the defense of those who have been charged with a DWI, whether it’s a first-time offense or a repeat offense.

Call (609) 230-0374 today or submit the online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation with Attorney Finizio.

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