Long Branch DWI Lawyer

Long Branch DWI LawyerThe city of Long Branch contains a population of approximately 30,710 residents within numerous neighborhoods, such as North End, Elberon and Branchport.  Its main roadway is Route 36— a state highway that begins at the intersection of the Garden State Parkway and Hope Road in Eatontown.  As one of Monmouth County’s most important highways, Route 36 is a major source of DWI arrests.

Many DWI Arrests in Long Branch Area Due to Sobriety Checkpoints

Many of these arrests are made at DWI, or sobriety checkpoints, which are roadblocks set up by law enforcement in order to check random motorists for signs of intoxication.  These checkpoints are arranged by the Monmouth County DWI Task Force and announced to the public via news outlets, such as the Asbury Park Press.  Checkpoints on Route 36 typically take place on Friday or Saturday night, from 11 PM to 3 AM, when the rate of intoxicated motorists is especially high.  However, sobriety checkpoints also take place around major holidays, such as Labor Day and St. Patrick’s Day.

The Christmas season is another critical time period, with most municipalities starting their checkpoints around December 6.  However, some municipalities are starting to conduct checkpoints as early as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which is considered one of the busiest bar nights of the year.  Considering the huge rate of arrests made by Morris County police through their “Black Wednesday” DWI checkpoint campaign in 2013, this policy is likely to be adopted by municipalities throughout Monmouth County.  Despite controversy over the constitutionality of DWI checkpoints, the New Jersey Legislature believes that it’s an effective tool in the prevention of alcohol-related auto accidents, which account for about 30% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey.

Penalties of a DWI in Long Branch, NJ

With such aggressive measures taken by the State, a DWI, DUI or refusal arrest in Long Brach is a very serious matter.  There are many misconceptions about DWI offenses, which can lead you to make decisions that will adversely affect your life for many years into the future.  For example, a DWI is not a criminal offense in New Jersey, meaning that a conviction will not result in a criminal record.  However, any DWI conviction carries with it harsh penalties, such as loss of your driver’s license and time in jail.  These penalties are applicable even if you’re a minor, since New Jersey has a zero tolerance policy against drunk driving, regardless of your age.

Get Help with Your DWI Charge from a Long Branch DWI Lawyer

As you can see, there are many aspects of the state’s DWI laws that you need to understand in order to fight your charges.  Please consider discussing your case and the available defense options for fighting your charges with Partner Carmine R. Villani, Esq. of Villani & DeLuca.  Mr. Villani has the legal training and local experience needed to give you effective legal representation, including training on SFST (standard field sobriety testing) methods and the Alcotest 7110 breath test device.  As one of less than 50 lawyers in all of New Jersey to receive training directly from the manufacturer of the Alcotest 7110, Mr. Villani is qualified to determine the validity of your test results, which is invaluable to your defense.

Please take the first step toward protecting your rights by calling (732) 965-3350 to schedule a free consultation.  Our team of Long Branch DWI lawyers look forward to reviewing your case and discussing our DWI defense services in detail.