As a former Municipal Court Judge in Union Township from 1999-2005, I can confirm to you that penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) can be severe, if not painful. A first offense is bad enough: You’re cuffed and arrested, fines follow, insurance skyrockets, and you might be taking the bus to work for a few months. Getting this first offense downgraded if not thrown out is the goal of any lawyer. A second and third offense can lead to felony charges, loss of license for lengthy stretches, heavy fines, rehabilitation costs, even jail time. As a former Municipal Court Judge in which DWI / DIU cases are heard, let me be clear: For your own protection, please hire an attorney so you are not alone in front of a Municipal Court Judge if pleading to either of these charges:
It is therefore crucial to have an attorney represent you at the initial stage of the case, well before your court date. The Law Offices of John Paragano can help you survive the potentially life-changing penalties of a drunk driving (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) arrest.
John Paragano: Union, Monmouth and Ocean County Lawyer for Drunk Driving (DWI) and Driving While Under the Influence (DUI) Offenses
During the initial free consultation, we will take the time to learn about the charges. We will quickly ascertain if the stop was legal, if the blood testing equipment was valid, and if the tester was certified, etc. As a former Judge adjudicating many DWI / DUI cases before me, I have seen it all, and know where, as your attorney, to look in a police report to uncover missteps that can downgrade if not dismiss a DWI / DUI charge.
The Law Offices of John Paragano will defend your rights top to bottom, inside and out, and provide you with the best defense possible. Over the course of my long career, I have successfully defended numerous drunk-driving first, second and third offense charges. My Union and Monmouth County law offices have achieved countless downgrades if not dismissals for dozens if not hundreds of clients. Having the experience of a former Municipal Court Judge at your side can have a tremendous upside for both serious offenses such as felony DWI, down to the less serious moving violation offenses, such as speeding and driving without a registration or insurance papers.
What Should You Do if You are Arrested for a DUI / DWI Violation
If you are arrested for a moving violation such as driving while impaired because of drugs or alcohol, trying to leverage you’re way out by being suggestive to law enforcement, however casual or off-handed your tone, is a very bad idea. As a former Judge I can attest that it can lead you, as they say, from the frying pan into the fire. Better yet: Don’t say much, if anything, at all, to the attending officer. Better this: Try to note the conditions of your surroundings (weather, e.g.), the reason for the stop; remember anything that can lead a lawyer to uncover mitigating factors that can have charges downgraded if not dismissed. Please do not believe knowing someone in law enforcement will make the charge go away, either. And please do not be antagonistic or sarcastic while being questioned. If arrested, recognize its severity, and be firm and adult-like in your request to call a criminal defense lawyer, remaining silent and calm in the meantime.
The Law Offices of John Paragano Will Fiercely Defend Your DWI / DUI Charge
For a powerful DUI / DWI lawyer serving all of Union County, Ocean County, Monmouth County and the entire state of New Jersey, contact John Paragano at The Law Offices of John Paragano. The initial consultation, as stated, is free. Telephone 908.687.5999 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.