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Ocean NJ DUI Lawyer

DWI Defense Attorneys in Ocean Township New Jersey

The Monmouth County town of Ocean has a long history of aggressive DWI enforcement. It is historically in the top twenty percent in the county for driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs. If you were stopped and arrested on suspicion of DUI, you must mount a potent defense as plea bargaining is totally outlawed in N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 cases. You and your attorney will have to come up with a legitimate issue that prevents the prosecutor from satisfying his burden of proof.  Being the lawyer with the most local juice has no relevance as the court cannot permit a dismissal or downgrade absent a fatal flaw in the DWI charge. It is therefore absolutely necessary for you to have representation from someone who is highly experienced in DWI/DUI defense if you want to have the highest potential for averting a conviction. At our firm, the Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver, there is no doubting the exceptional qualifications for defending your Ocean Township DWI offense. We are the only firm with its own Alcotest machine in the county and employee: (1) several former Monmouth County DUI prosecutors; (2) two of the five attorneys in NJ who are certified as instructors by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing; and (3) 4 of the approximately 50 lawyers who are certified by Draeger Laboratories as operators of the Alcotest breath test that you probably blew into. An attorney on our defense team is available to discuss the facts associated with your motor vehicle stop, roadside testing, and everything that came after the arrest (e.g. operation of the breathalyzer). The consultation is free of charge and we are available 24/7 at 732-450-8300.

Ocean DWI Information

The Ocean Township Police wrote 87 drunk driving and breath test refusal summonses for the year 2013-14. The primary roadways for these tickets were Route 18 and Route 35. Unless the related arrested result in an indictable offense too, for example, possession of CDS other than marijuana or assault by auto, the violations were heard in Ocean Municipal Court. The Court is located at 399 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755 with the Honorable Timothy F. McGoughran presiding. Jacqueline Dowd is the Court Administrator with Gloria Walker and Ilda Guiomar acting as her deputies. Jessica Bifulco and Roxanne Winters and the violation clerks. The court may be reached 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 732-531-5005. Judge McGoughran hears DWI cases on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. It is extremely important that you present your best defense when you appear on your drunk driving case otherwise you will face the following penalties:

  • First Offense. For a blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”) of .08% but less than .10%, you face a mandatory 3 months license suspension, fines and assessments that can exceed $1,000, a three year surcharge of $1,000 per year, and up to 30 days in jail. If the BAC involved is .10% of higher, the same penalties essentially apply except the driver’s license suspension is enhanced to 7-12 months. For first offenses involving driving under the influence of marijuana, heroin and other drugs, the penalties are the same as for BAC readings of .10% or higher.
  • Second Offense. Similar fines and assessments and surcharges apply for a second offense, however, the license revocation is two (2) years and that is mandatory jail of 2 to 90 days. Installation of an ignition interlock during the suspension period plus 1-3 years after restoration also apply.
  • Third Offense. There is a 10 year license loss, $1,500 annual surcharge for a period of three (3) years and $1,000 fine ($500 in assessments too) for a third offense. The same ignition interlock obligation as a second offense also applies.  The biggest penalty involves a mandatory jail sentence of 180 days.
Nature of ViolationSuspensionMonetary PenaltiesJailOther Consequences
First Offense With BAC of 08% But Less Than .10%
3 Months$250–$400 fine
$230 IDRC fee
$100 Drunk Driving Fund
$100 AERF
$1,000 Surcharge Annually for 3 Years
$75 Safe Neighborhood Fund
$50 VCCB Fund
Up to 30 Days12–48 hours IDRC
First Offense With BAC of 10% or Higher or Violation Involves Drugs7-12 Months$300–$500 fine
$230 IDRC fee
$100 Drunk Driving Fund
$100 AERF
$1,000 Surcharge Annually for 3 Years
$75 Safe Neighborhood Fund
$50 VCCB Fund
Up to 30 Days12–48 hours IDRC

Ignition Interlock If BAC 0.15% or higher
Second Offense2 Years500–$1,000 fine
$280 in IDRC Fees
$100 Drunk Driving Fund
$100 AERF
$1,000 Surcharge for 3 Years
$75 Safe Neighborhood Services Fund
$50 VCCB
2-90 Days30 Days Community Serv.

48 Hours in IDRC

Ignition Interlock During Suspension & 1-3 Years Following Restoration
Third Offense10 Years$1,000 fine
$280 in IDRC Fees
$100 Drunk Driving Fund
$100 to AERF
$1,500 Surcharge for 3 Years
$75 Safe Neighborhood Services Fund
$50 VCCB
180 Days Of Which Up To 90 Days May Be Served In An IDRC Approved Inpatient Rehabilitation FacilityUp to 90 Days Community Service

Ignition Interlock During Suspension and 1-3 Years Following Restoration

Ocean Township NJ DWI Lawyers

The Ocean Township police are diligent in enforcing the DWI laws as you probably already know. The job of the DWI lawyers at our firm is to make sure they followed the letter of the law and proper administrative protocol when they arrested and processed you. You would be shocked at just how often police go awry from what was required and, in doing so, have provided our attorneys with an opportunity for dismissing or reducing a DUI charge. You will never know what could have been done in your case, however, unless you retain a lawyer who knows DWI defense inside and outside. So call our firm now for a free consultation.