Getting arrested is always frightening, especially if you have never been in that type of situation before. You may be a generally law-abiding citizen who made the decision to drive home on this occasion. Now, you are facing serious allegations of driving under the influence (DUI). Many people who are arrested for a first-time DUI have never had much–if any–experience with the criminal justice system and may not realize how serious the consequences of a conviction can be. The truth is that even a first DUI can result in serious penalties that can affect your life. For this reason, you should always contact a highly experienced NJ DUI defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.
Some of the potential penalties for a first-time DUI in New Jersey can include:
- 30 days of jail time
- Fines up to $500
- Suspension of your driver’s license up to one year
- Possible requirement of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle
- Alcohol education classes
In addition, having a DUI conviction on your record can cause serious issues for you in the future including professional limitations or higher insurance rates. A conviction for a first DUI can also result in increased penalties if you are ever accused of DUI again. For this reason, it is best to avoid even one DUI conviction whenever you can.
Defenses to a First-Time DUI
The fact that you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving does not mean that you will be convicted. Remember, the state must prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the highest burden of proof that exists in the U.S. criminal justice system. Some of the defenses commonly raised in a New Jersey DUI case include the following:
● Casting doubt on the accuracy of any chemical testing that was performed
● Impeaching the credibility of the officer that arrested you
● Proving to the court that you have a medical condition that could cause symptoms consistent with alcohol intoxication
● Showing that the initial traffic stop was not legally justified
Determining whether these or other DUI defenses apply in your case is complicated, so you should always have your case thoroughly analyzed by an experienced New Jersey DUI attorney.
Consult with a Skilled New Jersey DUI Defense Lawyer as Soon as Possible
At the Law Office of Robert E. DePersia, II, we help individuals facing first-time DUI charges as well as individuals with multiple convictions. If you have been arrested, call our office for a free consultation at 856-795-9688 today.