Seaside Heights DWI Lawyer

As one of the most famous seaside resort communities in the world, Seaside Heights attracts as many as 65,000 tourists each year.  Constant vigilance by the Seaside Heights Police Department is necessary in order to keep visitors and residents safe throughout the year, especially during the summer months.  One of the most problematic issues for Seaside Heights is the high rate of alcohol-related motor vehicle incidents, especially around its many bars and nightclubs.  Another contributing factor is that most tourists who visit Seaside Heights are 21 years of age or under. Consulting with a Seaside Heights DWI lawyer is crucial if you are arrested for an alcohol-related offense.

Shows such as MTV’s “Jersey Shore” have been especially instrumental in highlighting the community’s most popular nighttime venues, such as Club Karma and the Bamboo bar.  While such public attention has provided the borough with immense economic benefits, it has also resulted in an alarming rate of arrests due to drunk driving.  As a result, numerous DWI checkpoints are set throughout Seaside Heights and its neighboring communities, especially along Routes 35 and 37.  Since these highways serve as main arteries for the Jersey Shore, police typically arrest a high number of motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

DWI and Refusal in Seaside Heights Should be Taken Seriously

Most people fail to take a DWI, DUI or refusal charge as seriously as they should, since it’s not considered a criminal offense in the state of New Jersey.  However, DWI’s are considered to be “quasi-criminal” in New Jersey with a first-time DWI conviction punishable by thousands of dollars in fines, mandatory participation in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) program, suspension of driving privileges for 7 to 12 months, and a possible jail sentence of up to 30 days.

Another misconception is that an underage DWI conviction is not punishable by the same penalties as a standard DWI, since the defendant is a minor.  However, New Jersey has a zero tolerance policy for drunk driving at any age, regardless of age or personal circumstances.  Many teenagers who are arrested for drunk driving on their way home from Seaside Heights are devastated to discover that they are facing serious penalties, such as fines, license suspension or postponement, community service, and mandatory participation in an IDRC program.

The same types of penalties apply to a refusal conviction, which pertains to the act of refusing or hesitating to submit to a breath test.  Although a police officer can’t force you to submit a breath sample, you are still in violation of the state’s “implied consent” law.  If you refuse a breath test when suspected of drunk driving, you will face a loss of your driving privileges similar to that of a DWI conviction.

Call a Seaside Heights DWI Attorney Right Away!

If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, DUI or refusal in Seaside Heights, please call Villani & DeLuca to find out about your rights and options.  Our lawyers can answer all your DWI related questions, such as whether a DWI will appear on a criminal record, and if a DWI conviction will add points to your license.  In addition, your case will be reviewed by partner and former municipal prosecutor Carmine R. Villani, Esq.

Mr. Villani has received training on the Alcotest 7110 breath testing device, making him uniquely qualified to evaluate your test results. In addition, he is often able to use his training in standardized field sobriety testing (SFST) methods to challenge the validity of your field sobriety test results.  When it comes to your hearing, his experience as a former municipal prosecutor will be instrumental in formulating the most effective defense for resolving your charges.  Please call us today at (732) 965-3350 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Seaside Heights DWI lawyer.