How Do I Fight DUI Charges in New Jersey?
You ended up having one drink too many. Maybe you thought you were okay to drive but on your way home, a cop stopped you and now you’re facing DUI charges. What do you do? Are there any options available to you? Find out in our latest blog post.
What Happens After You’re Pulled Over for a Suspected DUI?
If a police officer suspects that you’ve been drinking, you will be arrested and taken into police custody. Upon arrival at the police station, you will be booked and placed in a cell until someone can bail you out. Once you have been released, you will usually be required to make a court appearance. At court, you will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
What Defenses Are Available to Fight a DUI Charge?
Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, there may be multiple defenses your attorney can use to help reduce the charges against you. These include:
- The officer did not have the grounds to stop your vehicle. Law enforcement has to have a valid reason to pull someone over – and when they do – they must follow specific protocols. Your criminal defense lawyer may be able to prove that the police officer did not follow procedure and/or did not have a valid reason to stop you.
- The credibility of the arrest can be challenged. This particular defense strategy may be able to be used if the individual who was pulled over wasn’t breaking any laws or did not appear to be intoxicated. This defense may also be used if the individual had a medical condition that made them appear to be intoxicated even though they weren’t. In this particular situation, eyewitness testimony may be able to challenge the credibility of the officer’s arrest.
- There is evidence that you were not intoxicated at the time of your arrest. Your criminal defense attorney may be able to implement this strategy by examining the time between when the chemical test was conducted and your arrest in an effort to prove that your blood alcohol limit – or BAC – couldn’t have been over the legal limit, which in New Jersey is 0.08%.
As you can see, there are defense strategies available to you to defend against your DUI charges. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney who can look into the details of your case and advocate for your rights is crucial. Call Gelman Law, LLC today for a consultation.
Contact an Experienced Camden County Criminal Defense Attorney About Your DUI Charges in New Jersey
Have you been charged with a DUI in New Jersey? A DUI/DWI conviction can carry with it heavy fines, jail time, and driver’s license suspension! That is why it is imperative that you speak with a qualified drug defense lawyer about your case. The lawyers at Gelman Law, LLC represent clients charged with drunk driving in Camden County, Cherry Hill, Burlington County, Gloucester County, and throughout New Jersey. Call (856) 474-1450 or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office located at 1940 W Route 70, Suite #4, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.
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