DUI FAQs: What To Do When So Much Is At Stake

Being arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated (the terms may be used interchangeably) is no laughing matter. If you are convicted of drunk driving, you may be facing serious consequences that can jeopardize your future. Here are answers to some of the most common drunk driving FAQs.

Q. Can I Defend Against The Charges?

A: An arrest for drunk driving is not the same as a conviction. You will receive your day in court to defend yourself and challenge the arrest. Hiring an attorney with courtroom experience is an important first step toward building a solid defense. At Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio, P.C. Attorneys at Law, we know how important your ability to drive is to you. Our lawyers will work hard to provide you with skilled and competent representation.

Q. Am I Required to Submit To Testing?

A: In New Jersey, you are required under the law to submit to a breath test. If you are pulled over, you can refuse. However, you may then find yourself facing additional charges and penalties. If you are asked to take a field sobriety test, such as standing on one leg or walking heel to toe, there is no legal requirement for you to comply.

Q. What Are The Consequences If I Am Convicted?

A: That will depend on whether it is your first conviction for DUI or if you have prior convictions on your record. The penalties will become more severe as subsequent convictions occur. At the very least, you will lose your license for a period of time and be on the hook for a series of hefty fines and fees. Other possible penalties include installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle and jail time. When there is so much on the line, having an experienced DUI attorney on your side is imperative.

Q. Is There A Way For Me To Keep My License?

A: If you refuse chemical testing for DUI or you are charged with drunk driving, New Jersey will initiate an administrative process to suspend your driving privileges. This is a separate process from the criminal process. You may challenge the suspension, but you have a limited time to do so. Having an attorney at your side who understands the administrative processes and statutory provisions pertaining to license suspension is important when trying to maintain your driving privileges.

Q. Will I Have A Criminal Record?

A: Unlike in many other states, New Jersey law does not classify DUI as a felony crime or even a misdemeanor. Rather, it is considered a traffic violation.

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