Attorney At Law Steven A. Garner
Practice Areas

Somerset, New Jersey, Criminal Law Blog

Protect your right to drive and keep points off your license

As a New Jersey driver, you know how important it is to keep your license in good standing and avoid the financial penalties that come when you have points on your license. It can be useful to know how the points system works and how you can protect your personal freedoms and financial well-being.

When a driver has points added onto a license, it can be very costly. Traffic violations may not seem like a big deal, but they can take a serious toll on your life in various ways. It is prudent to know what to do when facing traffic violations or know how to keep your license clear and in good standing.

How will a DUI affect my employment options?

If you are like most people in New Jersey, the job you have now is a stepping stone. Even if you are working in the field of your choice, you know there are always opportunities to move forward with greater responsibility, more money and higher prestige. However, if you are currently facing a DUI charge, you may find those opportunities suddenly limited.

In fact, depending on the industry in which you currently work, a DUI conviction may cost you the job you have and make it all the more difficult to find work in the future.

Even if no DUI, drugs and alcohol can land drivers in trouble

In New Jersey, drivers can face a myriad of criminal penalties related to drug and alcohol use or possession, even if not actually charged with driving under the influence. The penalties associated with these infractions can be costly, and it may be necessary for a driver to move to protect his or her interests when facing these charges. 

Drug and alcohol-related crimes and infractions carry serious penalties. Whether it is a driver's first offense, or he or she has previous DUI or DWIs, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced defense attorney. In some cases, it may be appropriate to fight these charges or move to mitigate some of the potential penalties.

Potential penalties for marijuana-related drug charge

New Jersey is one of many states to legalize marijuana for medical use. Those who are in possession of this substance without a doctor recommendation, however, can face some serious penalties if the prosecuting attorney achieves convictions in criminal court. If you are facing a marijuana-related drug charge, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you fight it.

Compared to other states, New Jersey laws regarding the illegal use of marijuana are fairly relaxed. Yes, it is still punishable by incarceration and fines, but the penalties are less severe than those issued for other drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. What are the state marijuana laws and what options are there for fighting marijuana-related drug charges?

Underage drinking and driving: Serious crime, serious penalties

New Jersey law does not look favorably upon underage drinking, and any individual facing these charges would be wise to take them seriously. State law says that any individual who possesses, consumes or purchases alcohol must be 21 years of age or older, and the violation of these laws can bring serious consequences.

If you are a minor and are currently facing charges related to underage drinking, this is more than a mistake that will just go away. Your future and freedom are on the line, but a conviction or a guilty plea is not your only option.

DWI penalties that offer hope

Now that you are facing a DWI charge, you are probably wondering where you are going to come up with the nearly $10,000 you may need to meet your obligations if you are convicted. That's right - a DWI conviction can end up costing you about $10,000, including fines and legal fees. The more immediate question for you may be, "How will I come up with the money if I can't drive to work?"

How to fight back against assault charges

Assault charges are criminal charges, accompanied by a myriad of complicated and serious penalties if convicted. If you are currently facing a simple assault charge or other more serious type of assault charge, the time to fight back is now. A conviction is never your only option, but you must respond with a strong defense.

Avoiding the financial bite of a DUI

If you're facing a DUI charge, you may want to get the whole thing over with as quickly as possible. It's tempting to just go along and accept whatever punishment may be coming your way. Maybe you feel guilty, like you deserve it, or perhaps embarrassed. You want to pay the fine and be done with it.

But you should think twice before you plead guilty to the charge. DUI convictions can cost you long after the initial expense. While you may have made a mistake, do you really deserve to spend thousands of dollars for it? And what if you truly believe you're innocent? 

7 Tips for Drivers Pulled Over on Suspicion of DWI

The holidays can be a lot of fun, filled with visits with friends and family as well as work parties. It can also be pretty hectic, particularly if there are a spouse and kids who also have functions that you plan to attend. With a finite number of weekends between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, it can mean families are double and triple booked on a Saturday. This can also mean there will be drivers over the .08 blood alcohol level even if only a couple of alcoholic drinks are consumed during these busy days.

According to the Center for Disease Control, New Jersey residents are below the national average of those who drove after drinking too much - 1.9 percent nationally, 1.5 percent statewide. However, this still means that 22,201 drivers were pulled over in New Jersey and arrested on suspicion of DWI in 2015.

Email Us For A Response

Contact Attorney

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy