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If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DWI/DUI) in Absecon, NJ, you need a criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights, your license, and your freedom. You can protect your future by contacting experienced DWI defense lawyer John W. Tumelty.


For more than 35 years, Mr. Tumelty, a former Prosecutor, has been representing good people, just like you, who have made mistakes and been charged with DWI in Atlantic and Cape May counties. As the founding partner of the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, he is a skilled negotiator and a tenacious litigator. He was the former Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, and a former assistant county prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He now focuses on protecting the rights of people charged with crimes throughout South Jersey including Absecon. As a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and New Jersey Supreme Court Municipal Court Law Attorney, his trial experience on both sides of the legal system gives him a unique insight into how a prosecutor handles DWI cases.

When Can You Be Charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Absecon, New Jersey?

DWI violations in New Jersey are governed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. The law requires drivers to maintain a blood alcohol content (BAC) below .08 percent. A person’s BAC is measured in volume of alcohol per liter of blood. The more you drink, the more your BAC increases. The fact is that it doesn’t take many drinks for a person’s BAC to exceed the legal limit in New Jersey. Whether it’s your first offense or a repeat offense, you could face significant penalties, including jail time, loss of your driver’s license, and costly fines and surcharges. You could also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicles.

If you are stopped for suspicion of drunk driving in New Jersey, you can be compelled to take a Breathalyzer test. A lot of people think that if they refuse to take a breath test, they can’t be charged with a DWI. This is not correct. If you refuse a breath test when stopped by the police, you can still be charged with a DWI violation because the police officer’s observations will be admissible as evidence against you in court. Worst of all, you may also face additional charges and serious penalties for refusal to submit to a breath test. Since judges can impose sentences for DUI and refusal consecutively, you could lose your driver’s license for an extended period of time.

DWI charges are extremely common in New Jersey. If you’ve been charged with a DWI in Absecon, call Mr. Tumelty right away for a free, confidential consultation. We are available 24/7 to speak with you about your charges.  Call Now!

For answers to specific questions, check out the NJ DWI Frequently Asked Questions page.

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