Brielle NJ DWI Lawyer

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With popular bars located in and around Brielle, including the Waypoint, Brielle River House, LaModina and the Pig & the Parrott Sandbar, police are busy identifying and arresting those who they suspect for DWI. The vigilance of the Brielle Police Department is definitely a factor in the number of DUI charges, as well as the town’s proximity to highways like New Jersey Route 71. If you were arrested for DWI, Refusal to Submit, or driving under the influence of drugs in Brielle, our firm is definitely a firm that you want to consider. We are not only the largest drunk driving firm in the state with several former Monmouth County municipal prosecutors on staff, we can also offer you:

  • Over 200 Years of Combined Experience Defending DWI Charges In Brielle New Jersey
  • A Team Of Ten (10) Lawyers Whose Practice Is Committed Exclusively To The Defense Of The Accused
  • Multiple Former County & Municipal Prosecutors On Staff, Including A Lawyer Who Served As Prosecutor In The Borough of Brielle
  • Some of the Most Highly Trained DUI/DWI Defense Attorneys in the State With Several Who Are Alcotest Certified and Field Sobriety Testing Certified Certified
  • A DWI Department Headed By Colin Bonus, One of a Handful Of Lawyers Statewide Whose Practice Is Limited (i.e. 100%) to DWI and DUI Defense
  • A Long History Of Success In Defending Charges In Brielle Municipal Court
  • Our Founder, Jonathan F. Marshall, Is Even A Lifelong Resident of the Town

Call our office any time 24/7 to discuss your pending charge and the specifics of what can be accomplished for you to avoid the stiff penalties that come with a DWI conviction. Our Wall Township Office can be reached at 732-449-2292 for a free consultation today.

 

Brielle Municipal Court Information

The Brielle Municipal Court is located at 201 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Manasquan, NJ 08736. The telephone number for the court is (732) 223-0600. The court is open weekdays from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

  • Honorable Paul J. Capotorto is the Judge
  • Marie Higgins is the Court Administrator
  • The Firm of Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarsky is the Prosecutor
  • Court Sessions are the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month

For more detailed information about the Brielle Municipal Court, you can refer to the court’s official website.

Proving A DWI Charge in Brielle

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is governed under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, which makes it unlawful for a person to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that exceeds 0.08%. From this brief description of the statute, it is evident that two elements must be proved in every prosecution. First, was the defendant “operating” the vehicle and, secondly, were they intoxicated (over the legal limit)? The term “operation of a motor vehicle” is comprised of four primary elements. All four of the following elements must be satisfied to constitute operation: (1) control of the vehicle; (2) present intent to move the vehicle; and (3) capability for the vehicle to move. These elements can be established through direct evidence (e.g. witness saw you driving), circumstantial evidence (e.g. you were found behind the wheel) and admission of the defendants that he was driving.

Assuming Steven Zabarsky, Esq., the prosecutor in Brielle Municipal Court, is able to prove operation then the issue becomes establishing intoxication. This is accomplished through either Field Sobriety Tests or scientific evidence such as a breath test.

  • Field Tests. The purposes of the field sobriety tests are twofold. First, these tests are given to drunk driving suspects in the field in order to help establish probable cause to believe that the suspect is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. After an intoxicated driving suspect has been arrested, the police will frequently administer a second series of tests in the police station in order to gather evidence to prove the defendant’s state of intoxication beyond a reasonable doubt. These tests often involve physical and psychological components. The most common ones that most people are familiar with are having to say the alphabet backwards, walk in a straight line, touch your index finger to your nose, etc. Failure to perform well in either the field or in the station will often be powerful evidence of intoxication at trial.
  • Alcotest 7110. While the field tests may be probative of a person’s level of intoxication, they are not dispositive. A lot of weight in DWI cases is given to the results of the breath test that is conducted upon arrest. In the State of New Jersey, the Alcotest 7110, manufactured by Drager Industries, is the primary way that this is done. The test consists of two separate readings per test, one reading via infrared sensing and the other reading consisting of an electrochemical component. All in all, after two tests, the four readings are compiled together to provide a very accurate indication of a person’s BAC. Procedurally, this test is very complicated for law enforcement officials to perform.

DWI Penalties

For a first DWI offense, if the person’s blood alcohol concentration is .08% or higher but less than .10% they will face a fine between $250 and $400, license suspension for three months, and up to 30 days in jail. If the defendant’s BAC was higher than .10%, then they will face a fine of $300 to $500, loss of license of a period between seven months and one year, and imprisonment for up to thirty days. The defendant will also be required to spend 12 to 48 hours at an Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center.

For a second offense DWI, all of these things rise. The fine increases to between $500 and $1000, the loss of license will be for a period of two years, and the defendant must spend between 48 hours and 90 days in jail. This second offense also comes with a mandatory term of 30 days community service. Third DWI and subsequent offenses raise these fines and jail terms even more. There will be a mandatory fine of $1,000, up to 180 days in jail (90 of which may be served in a drug rehabilitation facility), and a ten year loss of license.

All of these offenses pursuant to other parts of 39:4-50 carry with them a $1,000 surcharge that must be paid once every year for three years and also the possibility that the court may put an ignition interlock device in your car (the device that takes a reading of your BAC before allowing you to start your motor vehicle). These penalties are only heightened by any accompanying aggravating factors, such as driving while intoxicated in a school zone.

Nature of
Violation
SuspensionMonetary
Penalties
JailOther
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

How Our Brielle NJ DWI Lawyers Can Help

Though DWI charges are extremely severe and potentially life-altering, do not think that there is nothing that can be done with your Brielle DUI. The field sobriety test and the Alcotest, while reliable tests, are often administered inappropriately. The ability to spot these discrepancies may prove to be critical in helping you or someone you know keep your license and avoid heavy fines. Furthermore, even if you are found to be guilty, an experienced attorney may be able to lessen the severity of the offense, reducing the time for loss of license and time in jail for a DWI conviction. At The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have more training on the Alcotest than most police officers and, in fact, are one of four firms in the entire state to own the machine. Assuming the breath test results can be suppressed, something that we are able to achieve in many cases, then it comes down to field sobriety evidence. Our Brielle NJ DWI Lawyers are not only among the approximately 15 lawyers certified in these tests, but also are instructors in field sobriety testing. It is rare to find an arresting officer with this level of expertise in field sobriety testing and you deserve nothing less than that in your attorney. So if you or someone you love has been charged with a DWI offense, whether it is your first, second, third or subsequent, in Brielle, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Monmouth County offices today to discuss the particulars of your case with an experienced attorney.