Let Our Jersey City DWI Lawyers Help You Navigate The Legal Process After An Arrest
Levow DWI Law - 196 Morgan St #200, Jersey City, NJ 07302 - (201) 367-2646
This office is by appointment only.
Were you charged with driving while intoxicated in or around Jersey City? Being arrested and charged with a DWI in New Jersey is scary. It can mean the loss of a driver’s license, the loss of freedom, and the loss of a job. You may feel that there is no hope and that your future is doomed but you can fight the charges. Our DWI attorneys, who have successfully helped thousands of clients can help you. Even with the assistance of our legal team, there are steps that you should take to protect yourself and help your case:
- Write down a list of everything that you did in the 24 hours prior to your arrest.
- Write down everything that you can remember about the arresting officer's demeanor and behavior during the arrest. Include anything that was said to you and the specific instructions that you were given during any testing.
- Think back and attempt to determine the amount of time that the officer spent observing you prior to the arrest.
- Disclose any medical conditions that you may have with our legal team. In some cases, medical conditions can impact the results of blood and urine tests.
You Can Depend On Evan Levow, An Experienced Trial AttorneyOnce DWI charges have been filed the case moves quickly. In fact, in many cases, you will be before a judge within 60 days. This is why it is so important to work with an attorney who has experience handling DWI cases and who is used to appearing before a judge. Mr. Levow knows where to find the evidence that is needed to prove that the charges against his clients should be dropped or the penalties reduced. A few examples of how he challenges a DWI include:
- Contesting the traffic stop.
- Challenging the reason that the arresting officer initiated the arrest.
- Challenging the qualifications of the person who administered the chemical tests to check blood alcohol level.
- Challenging the devices that were used to determine the blood alcohol level.
Why Should You Contact A DWI Attorney After An Arrest?One of our legal team’s goals is to help clients avoid the most common mistakes made by drivers after a DWI. These common mistakes include:
- Not taking the DWI charges seriously. A DWI can result in the loss of your driver’s license, your freedom, and your job.
- Failing to understand the serious consequences. If found guilty, you could be facing jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.
- Failing to contact an attorney quickly enough. In addition to the legal process moving quickly, evidence can disappear quickly. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better.
Evan Levow Can Help Even If You’ve Been Charged With A DWI PreviouslyEveryone makes mistakes and many of the clients that Mr. Levow has assisted have faced DWI charges in the past. Without the help of an experienced DWI lawyer, the following are the consequences that may be faced:
1st OffenseIf this is the first time that you’ve been charged with a DWI, the following may occur:
- License suspension: If your reading was was under 0.10% you may lose your license for up to 3 months. If the reading was over 0.10%, then your license may be suspended for 7 - 12 months.
- Interlock Ignition Device: If your reading was over 0.15%, then an interlock ignition device will need to be installed on your vehicle for 6 - 12 months.
- Fines: You will likely need to pay fines in excess of $6500.
- Jail Time: You may spend up to 30 days in jail.
2nd OffenseIf found guilty of a second DWI, you will likely face:
- License suspension: Up to 2 years.
- Fines: Another set of fines, likely thousands of dollars.
- Alcohol awareness classes: A total of 48 hours of classes will need to be attended and you will need to pay for those classes.
- Community Service: A total of 180 hours of community service will need to be performed.
- Jail Time: At least 2 days will be spent in jail with the possibility of a full 90 days.
- Interlock Ignition Device: An interlock ignition device will need to be installed for 1 - 3 years.
3rd OffenseIf found guilty of a third offense, the consequences may include:
- Jail Time: A mandatory 180 days in jail without parole applies.
- Loss of License: Your license will be revoked for 10 years.
- Fines: The heaviest of fines will be issued.