How Does a DUI/DWI Impact Your Life?

Driving While Intoxicated

DUI/DWI is a serious offense. If someone is arrested for a DUI/DWI, he or she may face fines and legal fees. He or she may also face imprisonment and other severe consequences.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI/DWI, you should consult with an experienced DUI/DWI defense attorney as soon as possible.

How Does a DUI/DWI Conviction Impact Your Life?

Legal Consequences

A DUI/DWI may result in:

  • Arrest
  • Prison time
  • Fines and legal fees
  • Driver’s license suspension or revocation
  • Driving restrictions, such as only being allowed to drive to and from your job
  • Probation
  • A potential criminal record

Personal Consequences

A DUI/DWI may have severe personal repercussions that include:

  • Loss of career opportunities
  • Increased rates for health, life and home insurance due to the possibility of a high-risk death
  • Job loss
  • Damaged reputation
  • Embarrassment and humiliation
  • College or university application denials
  • Job application denials
  • Auto insurance cancellations

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DUI/DWI, contact The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC. Our experienced DUI/DWI defense attorneys have extensive knowledge and the necessary experience and skills to handle your DUI/DWI case. We will work hard to protect your rights and fight on your behalf to help you avoid a serious conviction. Call 201-420-1913 or email joel@joelsilbermanlaw.com.

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Joel Silberman has a large network of experts in fields such as DNA, medicine, breath tests, accounting, accident reconstruction and private investigators. The exhaustive investigation and analysis of evidence by independent experts is often the difference between a not guilty versus a guilty verdict or a favorable versus unfavorable plea agreement.

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Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

Intoxicated driver

Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a category of DWI but has higher penalties, different plea-bargaining restrictions and is considered a more serious crime than a regular DWI. New York State enacted a new law in 2007 that created the Aggravated DWI charge.

Aggravated DWI is a misdemeanor. If you are charged with it, you will most likely not be able to plead below a DWI misdemeanor.

Criminal Penalties for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

First Aggravated DWI: A first DWI offense, regardless of the results of the Breathalyzer test, is considered a misdemeanor. An offender could be sentenced to a jail term of up to one year, with probation for an additional 3 years. He or she could also be charged a fine ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 and have his or her driver’s license suspended for up to a year.

The offender may also be required to attend a Victim Impact Panel, which is a program designed to help offenders understand the effects of DWI.
Second Aggravated DWI: If a person commits a second Aggravated DWI within 10 years of his or her first one, he or she can be charged with a Class E felony. The offender can be sentenced to a jail term of up to 4 years and face a maximum fine of $5,000. In addition, his or her license can be revoked for up to 18 months.
Third Aggravated DWI: A third Aggravated DWI in 10 years is treated as a Class D felony. The offender can be sentenced to a jail term of up to7 years and face a fine ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. The offender’s license can also be revoked for up to 18 months.

Civil Penalties

An Aggravated DWI also carries civil penalties which may include a $250 per year DMV assessment for three years and a $395 court surcharge.
The offender will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in his or her car during probation or the conditional discharge period. An IID is a mechanism to prevent drinking and driving. This device requires the driver to breathe into it so that it can analyze the blood alcohol level. If the level is high, the car won’t start. Once the device is installed, it cannot be removed for 6 months. All charges for installation and maintenance are the offender’s responsibility.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DWI or Aggravated DWI, you need to speak to our experienced DWI defense lawyers as soon as possible. We have extensive knowledge and the necessary experience and skills to handle any and all DWI charges. Our DWI defense lawyers will work to protect your rights and fight on your behalf to help you avoid a serious criminal conviction. Call 201-420-1913 or email joel@joelsilbermanlaw.com.

Joel Silberman – New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are accused, charged, or arrested for criminal charges in New Jersey, then you will need an experienced and aggressive New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney to fight for you. Jersey City criminal defense lawyer Joel Silberman focuses exclusively on criminal defense. With years of legal experience, Joel has a reputation for aggressively representing individuals facing Federal, State and Municipal charges.

Joel and his team have developed formidable negotiation and courtroom skills that ensure the best possible outcome for their clients. At the law office of Joel Silberman, no case is too big or too small; they handle criminal cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to violent felonies.

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Driving Without a License in NJ

Driving without a license

Driving without a valid license is a criminal offense in New Jersey and may lead to serious consequences. Driving without a license may mean that you have a driver’s license but it was not in your possession, or that you never applied for a license, or that your license has been cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities.

Under the New Jersey motor vehicle law, no person is allowed to drive a motor vehicle without a basic driver’s license or probationary driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. When a person is caught driving without a valid license, he or she may face serious penalties. Similarly, if a person has allowed an unlicensed driver to use his or her vehicle, that person may also face serious fines.

Penalties for Driving Without a License in NJ

Driving without a license in New Jersey may lead to the following fines and penalties:

  • Driving with no prior license: May lead to a fine of up to $500 and imprisonment for up to 60 days. The person will be ineligible for a license for 180 days.
  • Driving without a license with proof of a prior license: May lead to a fine of up to $500 and imprisonment for up to 60 days.
  • Violating a restriction on a conditional license: May lead to a fine of up to $100 and imprisonment for up to 30 days.
  • Lending your driver’s license: May lead to a fine of up to $500.
  • Allowing an unlicensed driver to drive your vehicle: May lead to a fine of up to $500.

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If you have been charged with driving without a license in New Jersey, let our experienced criminal defense attorneys help you. We have the knowledge and experience to pursue the best possible outcome in your case. Call 201-420-1913 or email joel@joelsilbermanlaw.com.

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