DWI Attorney in New Jersey
It has been said many times and I’ll say it once more, if you are charged with a DWI find the most experienced and knowledgeable DWI lawyer in your area and hire him/her. Having the right lawyer makes all the difference.
The laws and procedures differ from state to state. For example, in New Jersey DWI is treated as a municipal offense not a criminal one meaning there are no jury trials. Other states have different procedures and laws. However, no matter where you are, a few thing are common:
- In most states you can land in jail for a DUI, even on a first offense
- Your driving licensee could be suspended for a long time.
- A DUI conviction will cost you dearly in fines, court fees and increased insurance rates. This could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars.
- A DUI will remain on your permanent record. Future employers can easily find out about it and may pass up your application in favor of someone else.
When you take into account all the penalties and costs, you will come to the conclusion that this is a very serious matter which can truly change your life for the worse if you are convicted.
This is why you need the best attorney you can find.
How to Find a Great DUI Attorney
Many people who are charged with DWI do not have any prior experience with the law. Thus they may not realize how important it is for them to find help and where to start looking. Here are three easy steps you can take which will help you make the right choice!
- Choose a Lawyer from The National College for DUI Defense
The NCDD is the premier organization for DUI/DWI defense attorneys. Every year they host several intensive DWI seminars presented by the very best DUI attorneys in the country. The pinnacle of their training calendar is the NCDD Summer Session which is held at the facility of Harvard Law School. I am a proud 3 time attendee of this course!
The NCDD requires it’s members to attend a minimal number of training seminars so this is a great way to ensure that the lawyer you are choosing is someone who KNOWS DWI and the laws and science involved.
- Research the Attorney’s Knowledge and Experience on Avvo
Avvo.com is a great resource to find out about an attorney’s experience and history. You can see what past clients had said about them and even more importantly you can read their endorsement by other lawyers. Avvo even provides a numerical ratings system which helps you further compare between the various attorneys. (My Avvo Rating is a 10.0!)
- Pick Up the Phone and Ask Questions
The third thing you should do is give the attorney a call to discuss your case. The attorney should be knowledgeable, confident, and have a clear plan when you consult with them. They should also be attentive and care about you as a person. If they are hurried and can’t give you time, maybe you should look elsewhere. For those in New Jersey, you can call my Toms River Office at (732) 286-2700.
Choosing the right lawyer is the most important decision you can make. You will have almost no chance at winning if you choose the wrong DWI attorney.