Accused of drinking and driving?
Facing a charge of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) also known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or a breath or blood test refusal for a second, third or subsequent time is a more complex legal situation than a first offense. After a first conviction the penalties increase. This means that whether this is the first charge of alleged drunk driving or the third or fourth it is crucial that you are represented by a Hackensack criminal lawyer with experience in successfully fighting these charges. Our team also provides strong defense for those that were accused of a DWI with drugs or believe they were the victim of an illegal stop.
DWI Lawyer in Hackensack or Teaneck
The New Jersey police are allowed to administer an SFST (Standard Field Sobriety Test) as well as breath and blood tests when they suspect a driver of being impaired if they have followed the rules of procedure and have reasonable cause to administer a test. Sometimes an officer or prosecuting attorney will tell you that you failed the test. Don’t be intimidated. These tests can be challenged. The accuracy of these tests greatly depends upon the training level and competence of the person doing the testing, strictly following procedure, and the maintenance and careful calibration of the breath test machine. An experienced DWI lawyer at the firm can contest the arresting officer’s cause for administering any test as well as challenging the validity of any test results and can fight the breath or blood test refusal charge.
Conviction of DWI carries increasingly heavy penalties in the form of incarceration, fines, and additional penalties for higher BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) and multiple convictions. These charges can be successfully fought in many cases. The earlier a criminal defense lawyer is brought into your case, the more time there will be to prepare your defense and the greater your chances of preventing your license from being suspended and avoiding conviction. Do not go to court alone. If you are facing DWI charges in Teaneck, Hackensack, or Bergen County call The Law Offices of Benjamin Kelsen for a consultation and begin working out an effective defense strategy.