Manchester, New Jersey Municipal Court
A drunk driving charge in Manchester could cost you big time. You will need to defend yourself at the Manchester Municipal Court. For more information visit the Manchester Municipal Court website for more information.
Manchester Municipal Court
1 Colonial Drive
Manchester, NJ 08759
Manchester DUI Stop
Protecting our young students from the slightest chance of being injured in an accident with a drunk or impaired driver is a priority throughout the State of New Jersey. Manchester Township may be one of New Jersey's best kept secrets, the town has a high frequency of drivers who are charged and convicted of DWI each year. Being charged with a DWI is a violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, subsection (g) of the statute expressly prohibits DWI in a school zone. The lawyers of Villani & DeLuca have been defending clients facing these charges.
What qualifies as a school zone in Manchester DWI Arrest?
The language of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(g) lays out the charge for a DWI or Drug DWI in a school zone. According to the language a violation occurs when either or both are present:
- On school property- School property is defined by 39:1-1 “school zone” means that portion of a highway which is either contiguous to territory occupied by a school building or is where school crossings are established in the vicinity of a school, upon which are maintained appropriate “school signs”. This also includes property which is owned or leased by the school or being within 1000 feet of this property.
- Driving through a school crossing- Drivers can be subject to penalty whether or not the crossing has been designated as such by ordinance or In fact all that is required to meet the definition of school crossing under 39:1-1 is “any portion of a highway where school children are required to cross the highway in the vicinity of a school.
As you can see the areas that could be covered and qualify as a school zone in Manchester are broad. Not knowing that you are currently in a school zone is not a defense and whether there are actually children present or if the school is in session also does not create a defense. What this could potentially mean is that even late in the evening or on a weekend if you are driving past a football field, school park or any other school building you could be charged with a DWI in a Manchester school zone.
DWI Defense Lawyers in Manchester
You will need legal representation that can raise questions and make sound legal arguments on your behalf during your appearance in court. As it was previously stated not knowing or seeing any students is not an appropriate defense in a Manchester DUI stop. Beginning in 1996, Mr. Villani has practiced criminal law by first serving as a municipal prosecutor, becoming a member of the national DWI College, and has continued to represent clients as a founding partner of the firm Villani & DeLuca, P.C.. Using the knowledge and experience gained during the course of his career Carmine R. Villani, Esq. is an attorney that can assess your case, starting with the initial stop to the procedures used by the arresting officer. Mr. Villani has received extensive training in both chemical and standardized field sobriety testing, which can be used to raise issues for your defense. Call 732-965-3999 to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at Villani & DeLuca, P.C..