Ocean Township, New Jersey Municipal Court
A DUI stop in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, NJ could cost you time, money and aggravation which will require a court date at Ocean Township Municipal Court. For more information visit the Ocean Township Municipal Court website for more information.
Ocean Township Municipal Court
399 Monmouth Road
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol in Ocean Township
Ocean Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey has seen numerous DWI cases along the Route 35 corridor and has implemented DWI checkpoints in the summer months. Drivers who are stopped, charged and ultimately convicted of a DWI face the potential of severe penalties that can still be felt years later. Each year Monmouth County has one of the highest rates of DWI citations in the state. In New Jersey, there is a strong effort to keep the roads clear from intoxicated drivers. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, the prosecution will not offer a plea bargain and there will be no jury to hear you plead your case.
DWI Offenses Have Serious Penalties In Ocean Township
A DWI conviction in Ocean Township, New Jersey may not appear on your criminal record but the offense still carries serious penalties. Driving While Intoxicated - N.J.S.A 39: 4-50(a) is the statute that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating alcohol, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drugs. If convicted for a first-time offense a driver will face: a minimum of 3 months suspension of a driver's license, fines, insurance surcharges for 3 years after your conviction, possible jail time, and participation in rehabilitation programs.
Additionally, the penalties are on a sliding scale that increases, depending on a driver's level of intoxication, the number of times a person has been charged with DWI and whether or not the arrest took place in a school zone. Depending on a driver's initial level of intoxication and history of previous DWI offenses, a Ocean County court can impose escalated penalties.
Officers assess how impaired a driver is using a breath test and standardized field sobriety tests. In order to be convicted of a charge of DWI, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was operating the vehicle and was intoxicated at the time that they were operating a motorized vehicle. In addition to proving these elements officers are also required to adhere to strict procedures when administering sobriety tests. The Alcotest 7110 is used for analyzing a breath sample which will determine the driver's blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). These machines are extremely accurate in determining what a driver's blood alcohol concentration is and in New Jersey any reading over 0.08% will result in an arrest. In cases where no reading is given or even where a driver's BAC is below this threshold, standardized field sobriety tests can prove drunk driving. Once charged, you will be required to appear in Ocean Municipal Court and failure to do so could result in a warrant for your arrest. In court, the State will use the evidence gathered during your arrest, to secure a conviction. With no jury to hear your side of the case it is critical to obtain a lawyer who will advocate on your behalf.
Ocean Township, New Jersey DUI Attorney
Carmine R. Villani, Esq. is the firm's founding partner of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. and has served clients in Ocean Township and surrounding townships in Monmouth County. As a former municipal prosecutor, Mr. Villani knows how the state will proceed in introducing the evidence against you and can raise any issues in your defense. Additionally, he has received training on the Alcotest7110 and the administration of the standardized field sobriety tests. Call Villani & DeLuca, P.C. to schedule a FREE consultation at 732-965-3999.