Elmwood Park Drug DUI Attorneys
In New Jersey, DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) arrests are similarly prosecuted. Regardless of the substance, whether it is alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or prescription medication, an individual who drives under the influence may be subject to severe consequences under New Jersey law. If you or a loved one is facing a Bergen County Drug DUI charge, then it is vital that you seek out and retain experienced, skilled, and aggressive legal counsel. At The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience in DWI and DUI defense. Drug DWI’s in Elmwood Park, Cliffside Park, Saddle Brook, Fort Lee, Paramus, Palisades Interstate Park and other Bergen County towns are prosecuted aggressively. The attorneys at our firm will use their vast experience and unique qualifications to assist you in beating the charges you are facing.
New Jersey Drug DUI Law: N.J.S.A. 39:4-50
The New Jersey statute for Drug DUI is N.J.S.A. 39: 4-50, which in pertinent part states that “a person who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of… narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug… or permits another person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug to operate a motor vehicle owned by him or in his custody or control.”
Fines & Penalties
The fines, assessments and monetary penalties are stiff if you simply accept your driving while intoxicated charge. A minimum surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years, fines and assessments of between $800 and $1,500, and increased insurance rates are some of the consequences you might be facing. There is also a mandatory drivers license suspension of 7 months to one year for a first offense, 2 years for a second offense, and 10 years for a third offense (or subsequent one). Jail is discretionary on a first offense but a mandatory 2-90 days for a second offense and 180 days for a third offense. As you can see, the consequences for your first, second, or third degree DWI charge are grave and carry the additional stigma and inconvenience regarding employment and transportation difficulties. Other penalties include mandatory drug and alcohol counseling, community service, and installation of an ignition interlock device. Other less obvious penalties include financial constraints, diminished reputation, and interference with job and family time.
Uniquely Qualified DUI and DWI Defense Attorneys
Drug DUIs are extremely serious offenses that are accompanied by severe consequences. Therefore it is critical that you have a skilled NJ DWI defense attorney fighting to minimize or extinguish the charges that you face. In addition to our former prosecutors in over twenty-five New Jersey municipalities, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are certified instructors in standardized field sobriety examinations. This means that our lawyers understand the very specific protocol that offices must adhere to when conducting a Drug DUI arrest. If you are facing these severe charges, do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation.