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South Jersey DUI/DWI Lawyers

Trusted DUI/DWI Defense Lawyers Put Specialized Experience to Work for Clients in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester County, NJ

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving while intoxicated, you may assume that your breath test reading conclusively establishes your guilt. This is not the case. Not every arrest for DUI/DWI in South Jersey has to result in a conviction. Irregularities in the testing procedures used to confirm impairment, and problems with the traffic stop itself, can result in dismissal of DUI/DWI charges—which is the only way to beat a New Jersey DUI/DWI charge. 

A DUI/DWI charge is a serious charge in New Jersey. To challenge your DUI/DWI arrest, you need a strong, knowledgeable, and detail-oriented lawyer by your side. In addition to our nearly two decades of experience, the attorneys at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC, have been certified in standardized field sobriety testing in New Jersey. This specialized training means that we know exactly what to look for to successfully challenge the charges against you.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers Develop Strong Legal Strategies to Get DUI/DWI Charges Dismissed 

After an arrest on DUI/DWI charges, sheer panic often sets in, along with a mindset that the outcome is inevitable. But that is not always the case. Even if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading exceeds New Jersey’s legal limit of 0.08%, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at  Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC successfully develop strong legal strategies in an attempt to secure the dismissal of your DUI/DWI charges.

Lawyers at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC have specialized training in DUI/DWI cases and we use that expertise to effectively defend charges brought against our clients. We conduct a thorough, analytical investigation into your case to ascertain whether any of the following defense strategies apply:

  • Lack of probable cause: this defense strategy generally challenges the arresting officer’s basis for believing you were intoxicated. Evaluating your field sobriety testing is key to determining whether the police had probable cause to arrest you.
  • Breath testing problems: most DUI/DWI arrests are based upon scientific evidence in the form of a breath or blood test. The New Jersey police use the Alcotest machine to perform a breath test to determine your BAC, and machine maintenance and calibration can impact the reliability of the results in some cases. Chain of custody issues and failure to follow state-mandated procedures might also be used in your defense.
  • Lack of basis for the traffic stop: in some cases, the police may have conducted the traffic stop without proper cause, meaning that you did nothing wrong in terms of the traffic laws to justify the stop itself 
  • Procedural issues: when DUI/DWI charges are challenged, the prosecution is required to provide certain information about the case and to follow procedural court-mandated rules. Failure to do so can provide the basis for challenging your charges

Skilled South Jersey Criminal Defense Team Mitigates the Impact of Serious DUI/DWI Penalties 

New Jersey takes DUI/DWI charges seriously. At Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC, we take protecting your rights seriously. Our DUI/DWI lawyers put all of our skill, experience, and knowledge to work to make sure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process — because we understand the impact that a DUI/DWI conviction can have on your life. 

Penalties for DUI/DWI conviction in New Jersey vary depending upon your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of arrest and whether you have multiple DUI/DWI convictions.  

In New Jersey, if your BAC is between 0.08% and 0.10% and it is your first offense, the penalties are as follows:

  • Fine of $250-$400 
  • Potential imprisonment for up to 30 days 
  • Driver’s license forfeiture until ignition interlock installed. Interlock required for 3 months 
  • Participation in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center for a minimum of six hours a day for two consecutive days 
  • Automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for a period of three years

For first offenders who have a BAC of 0.10% to 0.15%, the penalties are as follows:

  • Fine of $300-$500 
  • Potential imprisonment for up to 30 days 
  • Driver’s license forfeiture until ignition interlock installed. Interlock required for 7 months to one year 
  • Participation in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center for a minimum of six hours a day for two consecutive days 
  • Automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for a period of three years 

First time offenders with a BAC of 0.15% or greater must install an ignition interlock device in their primary vehicle during the license suspension period of 4 to 6 months, and for 9 to 15 months after the drivers’ license has been restored. Penalties for subsequent DUI offenses increase with each repeat offense.

Marijuana DUI

In New Jersey, it is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating narcotic, such as marijuana. A DUI for marijuana can be proven by observational evidence. Because impairment from marijuana can be more difficult for law enforcement to assess, there may be more pathways for a strong legal defense.

Schedule A Free Initial Consultation with Trusted DUI/DWI  Lawyers 

Charged with a DUI/DWI? Don’t despair. Call us instead. At Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC, our skilled criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience and unique training to successfully fight the DUI/DWI charges brought against our clients. We offer a free initial consultation so that you can get answers to your questions. Schedule your free consultation today.

Frequently Asked Questions About DUI/DWI Charges in South Jersey

FAQ: Can I avoid DUI/DWI charges if I just refuse to take the breathalyzer test?

No. Refusing to submit to the breath test does not dismiss the charges. While law enforcement cannot force you to take a breath test, there are consequences for refusing. For a first offense refusal, there is a mandatory fine of $300-$500, license suspension until an ignition interlock device is installed, and a minimum of six hours a day for two consecutive days in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. You will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for 9 to 15 months, pay an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years, and pay a $100 surcharge to the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund.

FAQ: What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that is hooked up to your vehicle. You blow into the device, and the vehicle will only start if your BAC reading is less than 0.05%.



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Why Choose Us

  • 20 Years of Experience
    When your freedom is at stake, experience matters. At Aydelotte & Scardella, LLC, we have nearly 20 years of experience defending clients just like you. We’re proud to have been recognized by South Jersey Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense, “Rising Star” lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine, “Awesome Attorney” by South Jersey Magazine in 2018 and by the Mercer County Bar Association for our legal abilities and commitment to legal education.
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    At Aydelotte & Scardella, LLC, we have dedicated our legal careers to defending individuals who have been accused of a crime. We will take the time to answer any questions you may have about the charges against you, what to expect during the process and develop the strongest criminal defense strategy available in your case. We know that a criminal conviction can follow you for the rest of your life, so we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that you have the strongest defense as possible.
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    We aggressively fight for individuals who have been charged with assault, shoplifting, sex crimes, domestic violence, drug crimes, weapon offenses, juvenile crimes and much more. Contact Aydelotte & Scardella, LLC today for a free criminal defense consultation. We’re ready to help you get your life back on track.
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