Burlington NJ Third Offense DWI Lawyer
Drunk Driving Defense Attorney in Southern New Jersey
A third DWI conviction in New Jersey has life-altering implications. With the mandatory suspension of your driving privileges for the next ten years, your ability to work and conduct the activities of everyday living can be severely hindered. New Jersey does not allow for hardship licenses in DWI cases, nor does it provide for plea agreements that reduce periods of license suspension. In other words, your third offense DWI has the potential to change the way you live for the next decade, not to mention it means you will be forced to spend 6 months in jail. So, what to do in this position? Hire the most experienced, aggressive DWI defense attorney you can find. He or she can thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case in order to find potential grounds for a dismissal. For instance, was there probable cause for the initial motor vehicle stop? Are there potential issues with the breathalyzer or blood test results? Did police follow protocol through every step of the process? There are a host of potential arguments that may beat your DWI charges. The key is having an attorney who can find them.
Leonard Biddison is a seasoned DWI defense lawyer who has been successfully fighting DWI charges on behalf of clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. With the help of his private investigator, a former New Jersey State Trooper who previously served on behalf of the State in alcohol enforcement, Mr. Biddison pinpoints and aggressively pursues holes in the prosecution’s arguments. His strategic defenses and vigorous representation has led to countless dismissals in courts across Southern New Jersey, including those in Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Maple Shade, Mt. Holly, Evesham Township, and Burlington County. In fact, his excellence has earned him a 10.0 “Superb” Rating from Avvo.com as a Top Attorney for DWI/DUI defense. To read some of Mr. Biddison’s client reviews, visit his individual profile page on Avvo.com. You can also contact his offices at 856-427-6888 for immediate assistance and a cost-free consultation.
Third Offense DWI Lawyer in Moorestown NJ
The statute that addresses DWI offenses in New Jersey is located in section N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, where you can find the penalties associated with a first DWI offense, second DWI offense, and third/subsequent DWI offense. In general, the consequences associated with a conviction for DWI increase relative to the number of previous offenses for which you were found guilty. Although the penalties for a first offense DWI vary based on the driver’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at the time; third and subsequent DWI penalties remain consistent regardless of the driver’s BAC. In other words, a third DWI with a BAC of 0.09% results in the same 10-year license suspension as one involving a BAC of 0.15% or higher.
The penalties for a third offense DWI in New Jersey include:
- A fine $1,000
- Imprisonment for 6 months
- 10-year driver’s license suspension
- Between 12 and 48 hours at a State-approved Intoxicated Driver Resource Center ($280 fee)
- Up to 90 days of community service
- An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,500 a year for 3 years
- $100 to Drunk Driving fund
- $100 to Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund
- $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
- Ignition interlock device during license suspension and 1 to 3 years following license restoration
NOTE: In order to be charged with a third offense DWI in New Jersey, your second DWI conviction must have occurred within the last ten years. If your second DWI conviction occurred outside of the ten-year window, there is what is known as a ten-year step-down, which allows you to be charged with a second offense DWI.
Contact a Medford NJ DWI Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been charged with a third offense DWI in Burlington County or elsewhere in Southern New Jersey, contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-427-6888 to discuss your case. Mr. Biddison will answer all of your questions and provide you with a cost-free consultation.