Somers Point DWI/DUI Defense Attorney
Somers Point is a popular destination for fishing, shopping, entertainment, dining and more. Conveniently located near Atlantic City, many visitors stop to enjoy this bay town on their way to neighboring attractions.
However, with so many vacationers and locals driving in and out of Somers Point, it’s also a common area for DWI/DUI arrests. A DWI charge can be costly, and many drivers assume there’s not much they can do to change the outcome, leaving their fate in the hands of unsympathetic prosecutors.
If you’re pulled over and charged with a DWI, you’re entitled to a proper legal defense. An experienced lawyer will develop numerous defense strategies to beat your DWI charges.
John W. Tumelty is a highly-skilled DWI defense attorney with extensive trial experience. As a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and New Jersey Supreme Court Municipal Court Law Attorney, he’s been representing people charged with a DWI in Somers Point for over 35 years.
Being Charged With a DWI/DUI in Somers Point
In New Jersey, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the recognized legal term for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. If a Somers Point police officer believes you’re driving while intoxicated, they can have you perform a variety of balance and coordination tests, as well as take a Breathalyzer test.
Some people believe that refusing to take a breathalyzer test will prevent them from being charged with a DWI, but that’s incorrect. An officer’s observations can count as admissible evidence in court. Plus, New Jersey Law (NJSA 39:4-50.2) requires you to submit to the test, and refusal can lead to additional consequences.
Penalties for a DWI Charge in Somers Point
In New Jersey, you can be charged with a DWI if:
- You operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or a narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug
- You operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher
- You allow someone who is under the influence to operate a vehicle that you own or have custody or control of
Your BAC level will determine the type of penalties you’ll face, in addition to whether it’s your first violation or a repeat violation. Jail time, expensive fines, the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and participation in a supervised visitation program as part of your probation or community service are all potential penalties.
Your Somers Point Attorney Knows How to Build a DWI Defense
DWI cases can be beaten with a strong defense and a knowledgeable attorney by your side when you have to appear in the Somers Point Municipal Court.
Mr. Tumelty has a unique understanding of how prosecutors approach DWI cases. He’s a former assistant county prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice. He knows what it takes to craft effective strategies that protect your rights, freedom and future.
Mr. Tumelty is available 24/7 to speak with you about your case. Call him at 609-385-4010 or send him a message today.