Wall DWI Lawyer

Do you need a Wall DWI Lawyer?

Officers from the Wall Township Police Department, in conjunction with the Monmouth County DWI Task Force, routinely conduct drunk driving checkpoints as part of a national effort to raise awareness of the serious dangers associated with drunk driving.  Such checkpoints deter drunk driving through high visibility enforcement and are often used in conjunction with saturation patrols, which use large numbers of officers looking for intoxicated motorists.

If you plan on drinking outside your home in Wall Township, there are a number of ways you can avoid being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint:

  1. Use mass transit or call a cab.
  2. Designate a sober driver.
  3. Spend the night at a location within walking distance of where you will be drinking.
  4. Never allow a person to drive you home if he or she has been drinking.

DWI Checkpoints and Your Rights

DWI checkpoints are reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.  However, the actions of the officer in the context of the checkpoint may still be unreasonable under the law.  If you are stopped at a checkpoint, you should be cooperative to the extent of bringing your vehicle to a standstill, and rolling down your window if asked.

What to Expect During a Sobriety Stop

If you are asked to pull over at a sobriety checkpoint, you have either been chosen at random or the officer has perceived some evidence of intoxication.  Once stopped, if there is suspicion that you have been drinking or engaging in other criminal activity, you may be asked to pull aside to engage in field sobriety testing.  The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) consists of three separate tests which, when viewed together, enable the officer to assess the driver’s sobriety.

The officer will be looking for clues that the driver is not sober, such as a lack of smooth pursuit in the vision test, a difficulty balancing in the walk and turn, and swaying or hopping in the one leg stand.

The Importance of Legal Representation in a DWI Charge

Each year, hundreds of law enforcement agencies take part in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown.  Wall Township police will likely be using saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints during the summer to bring attention to the dangers of drunk driving and the very real consequences of getting caught.  If you or someone you know has been charged with DWI or refusal to submit to a breath test, it is important to seek legal representation to protect your rights.  At Villani & DeLuca, our attorneys are trained on the proper administration of the breath test and standardized field sobriety tests.  They can review the circumstances of your stop to ascertain whether the officer followed proper procedures or whether your rights were violated.  For a free consultation, contact a Wall DWI lawyer at Villani & DeLuca today at (732) 965-3350.