Edison Township NJ School Zone DWI Lawyers
In Edison Township, like in every other municipality around the State of New Jersey, law enforcement officials have a strong interest in protecting the safety of their roads. Driving While Intoxicated offenses, for this reason, are punished more severely than any other moving violation in the State’s traffic code. This is even more so true where the arrest occurs in or in close proximity to a school zone. If you or someone you love has had the misfortune to be charged with not only a DWI charge in Edison Township, but a school zone DWI charge, and are now facing a court date in Edison Township Municipal Court, you cannot afford to be without the best representation that you can obtain.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we believe that our experience makes it possible for us to say unequivocally that we are best DWI attorneys in not only Edison, but the State of New Jersey. With over 100 years of collective experience and a staff that boasts not only former prosecutors, but also attorneys who are trained, and even train law enforcement officials, in how to perform field sobriety tests and use the State’s breathalyzer test, the Alcotest 7110, we know the ins and outs of what the prosecution must show to obtain a conviction and how best to present your case in the most favorable light.
DWI in a School Zone in Edison NJ
There are two main points that you need to know if you have been charged with DWI in a school zone in Edison Township. First, you need to keep in mind that the school zone charge applies on top of the N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 violation you are currently facing. The law treats dwi/dui in a school zone as a separate violation under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50g. The prosecutor in Edison will have to present an official school zone map demonstrating the you operated your vehicle while intoxicated/impaired within 1,000 feet of property owned or leased by a school or school board, and regularly used for school purposes. If this and the other necessary proofs in order to establish intoxication exists, the second point you need to know is that you will face very different penalties than a regular DWI. A first offense DWI in a school zone will result in (1) a fine of between $606 and $1006; (2) a jail term of up to 60 days; and (3) suspension of driving privileges for one to two years. A second offense carries the following penalties: (1) a fine of between $1006 and $2006; (2) a jail term of 96 hours to 180 days; and (3) suspension of driving privileges for not less than 4 years. Conviction of a third offense or subsequent offenses includes penalties of: (1) a fine of $2006; (2) a jail term of 180 days; and (3) suspension of driving privileges for 20 years. It is of note that all of these also carry with them mandatory annual surcharges ranging from $1000 to $1500, depending on the number of prior convictions, for a period of three years.
Call Our Experienced School Zone DUI Defense Attorneys
Needless to say, given the severity of these penalties and fines and the protracted periods of inability to operate a motor vehicle on the roads of our state, you simply cannot afford to face these charges alone. Our experienced attorneys stand ready to answer any and all questions that you may have about the implications of your particular school zone DWI case in Edison Township, so please give us a call today to see what we can do to help you in your time of need.