Lavallette Lawyer

Lavallette, NJ lawyersThere are many instances where you may find yourself in need of an attorney.  It may be related to a traffic or DWI offense, a criminal matter or issues related to an impending divorce.  Whatever your situation may be, the most important thing you can do is to find a lawyer you trust early in the situation.  During a free consultation, the attorneys at Villani & DeLuca can advise you as to the best course of action given your particular set of circumstances.

Second Offense DWI

A conviction for a Second DWI offense in New Jersey carries some serious penalties.  You will lose your license for up to two years and pay fines of up to $1,000, plus other court fees.  Additionally, you may be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and be required to perform 30 days of community service.  The Lavallette Municipal Court judge will require you to participate in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) program and pay the necessary fees.  You will be subject to the mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device for one to three years. This device is installed in your car and prevents the car’s operation if, when blown into, it registers an unlawful blood alcohol concentration.

Applying for Pretrial Intervention

Depending on the offense, first-time criminal offenders in New Jersey may avoid harsh penalties if they participate in a program known as Pretrial Intervention (PTI).  This program is designed to give first-time offenders the opportunity to receive treatment rather than being subjected to prosecution.  Anyone charged with an indictable offense in Superior Court is eligible to apply for Pretrial Intervention.

Applications for PTI should be made as early as possible to the Criminal Division Office in the county where the criminal charge is filed.  The application may not be made more than twenty-eight days after indictment.  The application process includes an interview with the defendant which is performed by a staff member of the Superior Court’s Criminal Division.  A report is then prepared detailing whether the applicant is admitted into or rejected from the PTI program.  This report is forwarded to the prosecutor and the defendant’s attorney.  A defendant is accepted into PTI on the recommendation of the Criminal Division, with the consent of the prosecutor and the defendant.  If for any reason the defendant is not accepted, the applicant may appeal the decision to the presiding judge in the Criminal Division.

Child Support Help in Lavallette

The issue of child support is often one of the most contentious issues encountered when parties go through a divorce.  In New Jersey, courts determine child support based on a percentage of both parents’ income and the number of children that need to be supported.  The person requesting child support typically makes the application during a preliminary hearing.  The court will determine the amount of child support based on state mandated guidelines.  The court will consider numerous factors, including the needs of the child, all sources of income and assets of the parents, the debts and liabilities of each parent, the need and capacity of the child for education (including higher education), the standard of living and earning ability of each parent, and the age and health of the child (or children) and the parents.  If you have any questions about a child support issue, contact a Lavallette divorce lawyer for a free consultation.

Experienced Lavallette, NJ Attorneys

The law firm of Villani & DeLuca represents clients throughout Ocean and Monmouth Counties.  Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in the practice areas of criminal defense, family law and DWI.  If you need an attorney to assist you in a criminal matter, a divorce or you need assistance with a DWI charge, you should contact an experienced Lavallette attorney for a free consultation by calling 732-965-3350 today.