Charged with a Criminal Offense in a Jersey Shore town?
No matter your age, being charged in New Jersey with a criminal offense, DWI, DUI, Disorderly Persons Offense or even a local town ordinance can have dramatic consequences for your future. Whether you are spending time in Wall, Belmar, Lake Como, Manasquan, Avon by the Sea, Bradley Beach, Spring Lake, or any one of the other New Jersey shore towns, the police are sometimes aggressive in these towns. If you’ve been charged with Using a Fake Identification (ID), Underage Drinking, DWI, DUI, Harassment, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief or some other criminal offense, you may be looking at a loss of your Driver’s License, up to 6 months in jail and a fine.
For example, even a first-time DWI or DUI in New Jersey exposes you to a minimum mandatory driver’s license loss of 3 months to a maximum of 12 months. In addition, so many young adults on the New Jersey Shore are charged with using a fake identification that is, shockingly, a criminal offense. What that means is you could be facing potential jail time and a major fine. Worst of all, you will be exposed to having a criminal record that can affect your future education and employment.
Contact the criminal defense law office of Clark, Clark & Noonan in Wall Township today – We Can Help
Regardless of the criminal charges you face, the attorneys at Clark, Clark & Noonan can help. We are located in Wall, NJ and our attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases and will help you to avoid those costly criminal consequences. Our New Jersey lawyers regularly appear in every New Jersey Shore town in Monmouth and Ocean Counties including Wall, Belmar, Manasquan and Lake Como. Our main strength is our trial experience. We have spent many years trying complex criminal cases. We have handled every type of criminal offense, municipal offense, DUI, and DWI.
Our New Jersey criminal defense lawyers are consistently successful in having criminal charges dismissed or downgraded to non-criminal offenses. Unlike some other lawyers, we do not worry about being taken advantage of in plea negotiations because we have the confidence to go to trial in any case. As New Jersey criminal defense lawyers, we feel strongly about protecting your rights, ensuring that the State has sufficient proof to even charge you, and protecting you from police violations of your constitutional rights. Even if the State has a strong case against you, we still have strategies that could ultimately lead to a dismissal of your charges.
Your clean record and future employment opportunities are extremely important to us at Clark, Clark & Noonan. Stop worrying and call the NJ criminal attorneys with a record of successful results in every town on the Jersey Shore. Call (732) 303-7857 for a free consultation and case assessment today. Your future is too important to leave in the hands of anyone else.
Wall, Belmar, Manasquan, or any Jersey Shore DWI Charge
Wall Township New Jersey is a Jersey Shore town that issues a significant amount of driving while intoxicated summonses every month. New Jersey statute 39:4-50 is the DWI statute that covers all driving while intoxicated offenses in New Jersey. Whether you had a few drinks at D’Jais in Belmar, Bar Anticipation in Lake Como, or the Parker House in Sea Girt, New Jersey, driving home through those towns and Wall, NJ often results in an encounter with the police.
Ordinarily, the police will pull your car over alleging you committed a traffic offense such as failure to maintain a lane (NJSA 39:4-88) or an unsafe lane change. The police motor vehicle recorder (MVR), however, may not support the police justification for the motor vehicle stop. At Clark, Clark & Noonan, our criminal attorneys examine all of the evidence and hold the police accountable for their conduct. If the police had no reason to stop your car, we will file a motion to suppress the evidence regardless of whether or not you were drinking alcohol that evening. If the police violated your rights and the evidence is suppressed we may be able to get all of your charges dismissed.
But, even if the police did not unlawfully stop your car, your case is not over. If the Wall, Belmar, Lake Como, or Manasquan police officer suspect that the individual who is driving the vehicle may be driving while intoxicated, they will request that the driver step out of the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests.
The three field sobriety tests that are often administered are the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test, and the one-leg stand test. If the police decide you did not pass any or all of these tests, the officer will likely place you under arrest and transport you back to the police station. At Clark, Clark & Noonan, we don’t just take the police officer’s word for what happened. Oftentimes, the field sobriety tests are video recorded. The recording may not support the police reports assessment that you “failed” and may not support the version of events in the police report at all.
Once again, we can challenge the lawfulness of your detention and transportation to the police department with a motion to suppress the evidence. If you passed the field sobriety tests then the police had no right to bring you to police headquarters and the results of your potential breathalyzer results may be thrown out. This is another way in which we at Clark, Clark & Noonan have been successful in having some DWI or DUI charges dismissed.
Assuming you did fail the field sobriety tests, we still may be able to successfully defend your case. Once you’re back at the police station, you will be read a standard statement that sets forth the law in New Jersey requiring you to take a breath test. If you refuse to take the breath test then you may be charged with a Refusal under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.4a. After the statement is read, the officer is supposed to watch the individual for a period of 20 minutes, change the mouthpiece on the breath test machine and finally administer the breath tests. The breathalyzer machine converts the person’s breath to a blood alcohol content which is then recorded on a printout known as the AIR (Alcohol Influence Report). If your reading is over 0.08 then you are presumed intoxicated in the State of New Jersey.
Nonetheless, at Clark, Clark & Noonan we have successfully challenged the Blood Alcohol reading (BAC). Oftentimes, the police fail to follow the 20 minute observation period prior to administering the test. This policy failure can invalidate the results of your sobreity test. We have also obtained expert reports on our client’s behalf that establish the Breathalyzer machine was not properly working at the time it was administered. This is another avenue we have used to have your results thrown out. Once the Breathalyzer reading is thrown out, we have been successful in negotiating a downgrade of your DWI or even, on occasion, a dismissal of your charges.
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI in Wall, Belmar, Lake Como, Manasquan, Avon by the Sea, Bradley Beach, Spring Lake, or any one of the other New Jersey Shore towns under the circumstances described above, you need a qualified Jersey Shore DWI Defense Attorney. At Clark, Clark & Noonan we will raise all of the defenses and move to reduce or dismiss your DWI charge.
Jersey Shore Fake ID Charges
Have you or a friend on the Jersey Shore been charged with possession of false identification? Many young adults partying at the Jersey Shore get caught using a fake ID to try and enter one of the local bars including D’Jais in Belmar and Bar Anticipation (BarA) in Lake Como. Although you may think it is no big deal, this criminal charge has the same consequences as any other criminal charge. Officially, the charge in New Jersey is called Tampering with Public Records or Information, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 28-7, a Disorderly Persons offense. Just like any other disorderly person’s offense, you are exposed to up to 6 months in jail and a fine. Perhaps more importantly, you will have a criminal record that could affect both your future employment and your education.