If you or your child have been charged with underage DWI, DUI or Refusal, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver can assist you. A drinking and driving charge is a serious offense and the impact of a conviction can be even more significant for someone who is under legal drinking age and just starting their adult life.
Our New Jersey DWI lawyers have experience in defending individuals charged with underage drunk driving offenses. Our lead attorney, Jonathan F. Marshall, has been defending individuals in New Jersey Municipal Courts for twenty (20) years and previously served as prosecutor in several Monmouth County municipalities.
The law in New Jersey concerning underage DWI, DUI & Refusal charges is set forth at N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14 and applies a zero tolerance policy as it relates to underage drinking and driving. In other words, the statute makes it illegal for a person under the age of twenty-one (21) to have any alcohol in their system while operating a motor vehicle. However, the monetary penalties and suspension period for underage driving while intoxicated are less severe than what would otherwise be the case with respect to someone facing a normal DWI, DUI or Refusal charge. In this regard, an underage drinking and driving conviction in New Jersey can involve as little as thirty (30) days license suspension whereas the minimum suspension for an adult DWI or DUI would be ninety (90). It is, therefore, important that counsel make sure that the case is properly defended and that, if a conviction does occur, that it is for underage drinking and driving rather than a normal DWI, DUI or Refusal.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you or a loved one is in need of representation.
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