Toms River DWI Lawyer

Being charged with a DWI is a very serious matter, with penalties such as fines, loss of your driver’s license and jail time, should you be convicted.  As the 11th most populous state in the nation, New Jersey maintains a strong police presence on its busy roadways to catch anyone suspected of driving while intoxicated.

In particular, the township of Toms River ranks as number 1 in terms of DWI, DUI and refusal arrests in all of New Jersey.  After all, Toms River is the largest municipality in Ocean County, and the 8th most populous municipality in the entire state.  In addition, the township is also intersected by several major highways, including Route 37, which serves as a major artery to the Jersey Shore.  However, its most effective weapon in the fight against drunk driving is Toms River police officer, Robert Westfall.  In 2013, Westfall arrested 102 drivers suspected of DWI – the highest number of DWI arrests by any officer in the state of New Jersey.  Unlike many officers, who monitor drivers from certain check points, Westfall actively patrols the township’s roadways throughout his entire shift.  If you’re driving erratically or fail to maintain your lane in Toms River, there’s a good chance that you’ll be stopped by a Toms River police officer on suspicion of drunk driving. If you do, make sure your first call is to a Toms River DWI lawyer.

Refusing a Breath Test in Toms River, NJ

If you are pulled over, it’s in your best interest to cooperate with the officer, especially when it comes to the breath test.  Although you cannot be forced to submit a breath sample in New Jersey, failing to do so will result in a refusal charge.  While you won’t be jailed for a refusal conviction, you will be subject to multiple fines, lose your driving privileges for at least 7 months, and be forced to pay the costs associated with the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car.

Toms River Underage DWI Charges

If it’s determined that your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is 0.08% or greater, you will be arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated.  If you are under the legal drinking age, you can be charged with an underage DWI with a BAC as low as 0.01%.  New Jersey has a zero tolerance policy towards drunk driving at any age, and even those who are under the age of 18 will be penalized with a loss or postponement of driving privileges, community service and participation in an IDRC for alcohol education and highway safety.

Speak with a Toms River DWI Lawyer Immediately!

If you have been arrested for a DWI, DUI or refusal in Toms River, please consult a knowledgeable Toms River DWI lawyer at Villani & DeLuca.  Our lawyers can explain your rights and answer any of your questions pertaining to your charges.  Former municipal prosecutor and Villani & DeLuca partner, Carmine R. Villani, Esq. will personally review your case, and challenge any violations to your rights, such as lack of probable cause for pulling you over or failure to inform you of the consequences of a refusal.  Mr. Villani is trained in standardized field sobriety testing (SFST) and proper usage of the Alcotest 7110 breath testing device.  Only an Alcotest trained attorney can verify that your test was administered correctly and spot any inconsistencies in the test results, providing valuable ammunition for your defense.  There are many other aspects of your case that can be challenged by our experienced DWI lawyers.

Please call us today at (723) 965-3350 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Toms River DWI lawyer!