Protecting You Against Traffic Offenses
When facing a DWI/DUI or other traffic violations, a lot is at stake. There is always a risk to your driving record, and potentially to your future and your freedom. At a time like this, there is no substitute for the help of an experienced, aggressive lawyer who can help you minimize the damage of these charges or potentially make them go away completely.
At Gianforcaro Law, our lawyers offer defense against DWI/DUI and other traffic violations. We are a premier law firm offering exceptional service to clients in Phillipsburg, Warren and Hunterdon counties and throughout New Jersey for more than 30 years. We defend adults and minors against a range of traffic violations.
Protecting Your Driving Privileges
Many traffic violations can result in the loss of driving privileges. For many people who drive regularly, this result could be catastrophic for their lives. Let us help you fight to retain your driving privileges so you can still live a normal life.
The Importance Of Contacting An Attorney Early In The Process
The sooner you contact us, the more we can do to help you. In some cases, early intervention by a lawyer can result in getting a case thrown out of court, reducing the charges or even avoiding charges altogether.
Traffic Ticket & DWI Frequently Asked Questions
We all know that sense of dread when you see red and blue lights in your rearview mirror and realize that the police are pulling you over. After receiving a traffic ticket or a DUI, you may be worried about your license status and your insurance rate going up. Our experienced attorneys are here to answer your questions. Please see some answers to frequently asked questions below.
I was charged with driving under the influence in New Jersey. Is this a criminal offence?
No. In New Jersey, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not considered a criminal offense. However, it is a traffic offense that the municipal court oversees. New Jersey law differs from other surrounding states, such as Pennsylvania, where a DWI is a serious criminal offense.
Will I lose my license for a first offense DUI/DWI?
A new law in New Jersey protects first-time DWI offenders from having their driver’s licenses suspended. Instead of losing your rights to drive, first-time offenders may have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.
This only applies to first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration below .15%. These devices require drivers to breathe into it to start the engine. The car won’t start if the driver’s BAC is .05% or below. The IID must remain in their vehicle for three months to a year.
When is a DUI/DWI considered a criminal offense?
In New Jersey, a DUI can lead to a criminal charge when other aggravating circumstances lead to additional charges on top of the DUI. For example, driving while intoxicated with a child in your car or being caught driving while intoxicated while your license has been previously suspended for a prior DUI/DWI conviction may lead to criminal charges being filed against you.
If you injure someone while driving under the influence, you may face a charge of assault by auto.
Is a traffic ticket worth defending – or should I just pay it?
Traffic violations can be more than just a hassle or an annoying fine. Many traffic violations in New Jersey can lead to losing your license and driving privileges. Losing your ability to drive to work, school or run errands can be catastrophic for your life.
While you can pay off your ticket and move on, that traffic offense will stay on your driving record, leading to higher insurance rates and a mark on your record. We can help you fight to retain your driving privileges, so you can still live a normal life. We won’t let a traffic ticket ruin your future.
What is the New Jersey Points Schedule, and how does it affect someone who has gotten a traffic ticket?
When convicted of a moving violation in New Jersey, points are added to your driving record. The accumulation of points on your record can lead to high insurance premiums and even the loss of your driving privileges.
Violations range from two points, such as failure to yield, to eight points, which includes leaving the scene of an accident when someone else is injured. Offenses such as reckless driving, tailgating and exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more are five-point violations. If you get 12 points on your driving record in three years, your license will be suspended.
We Will Fight For You
After an arrest or a citation, you might not know what to do. The best thing to do is call us right away, schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with an attorney from Gianforcaro Law. Call 908-859-2200 or email us today.