DWI Arrest – What You Should Do Next
A DWI arrest is serious. What you do after you are arrested can significantly impact your ability to defend yourself against the charges and make matters worse. Many people make common mistakes that can have a negative effect on the outcome of their case and could easily be avoided.
Take Your DWI Arrest Seriously
If you think a DWI arrest is no big deal, you are wrong. It is a serious offense with significant fines and consequences, especially in New Jersey.
If convicted, the fines, surcharges and additional insurance cost will cost thousands of dollar. There will also be the suspension of your driver’s license and possibly jail time. Both could result in lost wages or even the loss of employment.
Hire a DWI Attorney Immediately
There’s no reason to wait and every reason not to. Hire an attorney right away, while every detail of your arrest is clear in your mind. Facts blur and memory fades with time.
There may be details of your arrest that could prove valuable to your defense. Your attorney will know what to ask to obtain any information that could be beneficial.
Keep in mind, you are not obligated to retain an attorney you are not satisfied with. If you do not feel like you are being competently represented, you are free to seek counsel elsewhere.
Hire an Experienced DWI Attorney
If you’ve been arrested for DWI, just picking out an attorney from Google or an online directory may not be the best idea.
Never hire an attorney based strictly on their fee. While concern over cost is understandable, after a DWI arrest is not the time to be bargain shopping.
Do you research and choose an attorney who has experience and specializes in handling DWI cases. Your choice should be based on the attorney’s reputation and expertise.
Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, an experienced DWI attorney may be able to prevent you from receiving the maximum penalties or even win your case. Hiring an attorney familiar with all the complexities of a DWI case will be in your best interest.
Understand the Consequences
DWI laws and penalties vary from state to state. In New Jersey the law is tough and the penalties are serious. A DWI attorney will know what to expect and guide you in dealing with the consequences.
In New Jersey, depending on your particular case and number of offenses, you will probably be dealing with more than the initial fines, surcharges and suspension of your driver’s license.
Additional consequences in New Jersey may include IDRC classes, required installation of an ignition interlock system in your vehicle and jail time.
Don’t go to court without legal representation and just plead guilty. By doing this, you forfeit your right to raise any issues that could help your defense and make the state prove its case.
An experienced attorney will be able to identify anything that might be beneficial to your defense and take full advantage of your constitutional rights.
Even if you are found guilty, your attorney can ensure that you will be treated fairly as well as address your concerns about the ensuing penalties.
The prosecutor in a DWI case has a number of ways of proving your guilt. You need a lawyer on your side who has served both as a Municipal Prosecutor and defense attorney who understands every possible defense, every possible angle and every possible approach to a DWI case.
Thomas V. Campo has been studying the law since 1990. With over 20 years of experience in criminal law, has worked in a multitude of superior and municipal courts and has in depth knowledge on a wide array of criminal and traffic offenses including driving while intoxicated, drug distribution and possession, and aggravated assault.
Mr. Campo has handled thousands of DWI cases in Municipal Courts throughout the State of New Jersey. Unlike many other law firms, your case will be personally handled by Mr. Campo every step of the way. If you or a loved one has been charged with DWI, you should immediately contact our law office for a free consultation.