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Knowledgeable DUI Defense From A Former Prosecutor

Last updated on March 11, 2024

Getting a DUI in New Jersey is scary. You face the possibility of losing your driver’s license for three months or longer. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be looking at jail time, fines and mandatory alcohol education classes or treatment.

I am Hammonton DUI attorney Louis Anthony Casadia of LACE Law, LLC. I aggressively defend individuals charged with alcohol and drug-related traffic offenses in South Jersey. As a former prosecutor, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to protecting you. I know the criminal justice system from the inside out and leverage this experience to fight for you.

Understanding New Jersey DUI Laws

In New Jersey, the terms DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) are interchangeable when referring to operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The state takes these offenses seriously, with strict laws and penalties. If you’re suspected of DUI, it’s crucial also to know these terms:

  • Blood alcohol content (BAC): In New Jersey, a BAC of .08% or higher can lead to DUI charges for drivers over 21.
  • Breath tests: New Jersey uses the Alcotest machine to measure the amount of alcohol in one’s breath. These tests are strictly regulated and must meet certain criteria to be legally admissible.
  • Field sobriety testing: Officers use three tests to establish impairment. However, these tests are highly unscientific and you can politely refuse them.
  • Implied consent: By driving in New Jersey, you’ve agreed to submit to chemical tests. Refusal of breath or chemical testing automatically results in separate penalties.
  • Probable cause: Police need a valid reason to stop you before they can test for DUI.

New Jersey also has a “Zero Tolerance” law for drivers under 21 whose BAC is .02% or higher. Severe consequences can result for minors and adults.

In addition to a suspended license, fines and possible time behind bars, a DUI conviction can have long-lasting repercussions for your career, education and housing opportunities. A court may also order you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, at your own expense, when restoring driving privileges.

Defense Strategies For DUI Charges

Every DUI case is different, and your defense strategy depends on the unique circumstances of your case. Some potential defenses include:

  • Questioning the testing procedures: Ensuring tests were administered correctly
  • Challenging the traffic stop: Examining if there was legitimate probable cause
  • Evaluating field sobriety tests: Assessing the accuracy and officer conduct
  • Reviewing the breathalyzer results: Making sure the device was properly maintained, calibrated and administered according to established procedures.

I’ll use my experience to scrutinize every aspect of the case against you. Charges based on breath or field sobriety tests often result from corrupted data due to improperly calibrated breathalyzers or medical conditions that hinder your ability to perform a field sobriety test.

Also, I will carefully scrutinize officer actions by assessing whether they had probable cause to stop you or failed to administer tests correctly. I will thoroughly examine all elements of the prosecution’s case.

Aggressively Pursuing Your Best Interests

As a native of South Jersey and a former prosecutor, I use my legal and local knowledge to provide the most robust defense possible. I am not just a DUI attorney but a dedicated advocate who tirelessly works in your best interests, whether seeking dismissal of the charges, reduced penalties, or fighting in court for a “not guilty” verdict.

Take The First Step Toward Your Defense

Dealing with a DUI in New Jersey can be a lonely and frightening experience, worrying about potential penalties and long-lasting repercussions. You don’t have to face it alone. Call me 24/7 at 609-621-0015 to assess your case and options. You can also contact me online by filling out the form. Let’s get to work on protecting your future. Even if you make a mistake, it shouldn’t ruin the rest of your life.