Vernon DUI Attorney Helps You Avoid a Drunk Driving Conviction
Sussex County law firm fights DWI cases in the Wayne area
At the Law Offices of James C. Zimmermann, we have successfully represented clients changed with many types of traffic violations. We present a resolute defense for those charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, speeding and other traffic matters. Our firm has successfully represented and defended clients in these matters in New Jersey and New York. If you are facing a DUI or DWI charge, we work to challenge all of the government’s evidence against you as well as the validity of all procedures and devices that were used to stop, test and arrest you.
Traffic violations under New Jersey law
Traffic tickets are allegations that you have violated a law or regulation. Under Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes, you can be charged with a number of violations. Consequences of these charges may include:
- NJ Motor Vehicle Commission points
- License suspension
- Community service
Avoiding these punishments often requires advanced and skilled knowledge of the law. Attorney James C. Zimmermann has been practicing in this area of law since 1991 and remains current on all new laws and changes to existing laws. Officers who issue traffic tickets may or may not have a full and complete understanding of the traffic laws. By attacking the evidence against you and the officer’s actions, we may be able to convince the prosecutor to drop or alter the charges against you.
Understanding DUI and DWI in New Jersey
In New Jersey, adults are considered to be driving under the influence (DUI) if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. A BAC between 0.08% and 0.10% results in a “first tier” DUI charge. Drivers with a BAC above 0.10% face greater penalties. Those under 21 years old face a DUI charge if their BAC is 0.01% or higher. Drivers are prohibited from operating commercial vehicles with a BAC of 0.04% or higher. Under state law, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is called a DUI, but many people still refer to these violations as driving while intoxicated (DWI).
The role of the Breathalyzer test in NJ DUI cases
One of the strongest pieces of evidence that prosecutors use in DUI cases is the result of your Breathalyzer, or breath analyzer, test, which estimates your blood alcohol content from a breath sample. All drivers in New Jersey are considered to have given implied consent to a blood alcohol test. Refusing to take the test when you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI automatically results in a mandatory loss of driving privileges. A competent criminal law attorney in Wayne can challenge Breathalyzer evidence by reviewing records to determine the machine’s accuracy and how recently it has been inspected.
Our attorney also challenges the circumstances concerning the administration of the alcohol test. Among these circumstances is the requirement that an officer must observe a person for 20 minutes before giving an Alcotest. The purpose of this 20-minute rule is to allow recently consumed alcohol to leave your mouth so it does not contaminate the air in your lungs, which is what’s being tested.
Trust an experienced criminal attorney to represent you in your Sussex County DUI case
Because major traffic violations often carry penalties similar to those levied for crimes, you should seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you in your DUI or traffic ticket case. The Law Offices of James C. Zimmermann represents defendants throughout New Jersey in traffic court and criminal courts. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney, call our Vernon office at 973-764-1633 or contact us online.