No one should ever face a DUI charge without the assistance of an experienced Mercer County DUI lawyer who has the knowledge and skill needed to effectively combat their charges. If you were recently arrested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you were most likely charged with a DUI. Continue reading and contact the Law Office of Douglas Herring to learn more about DUI charges in New Jersey and how our firm can help you fight them.
Why Hire a Mercer County DUI Lawyer?
The leader of our legal team, Mercer County criminal defense lawyer Douglas Herring, has an impressive amount of experience on both sides of the courtroom. As an attorney, Douglas has worked with courts across the United States in many areas to hone his skills. With this unique skill set, Douglas is familiar with how police handle criminal investigations and the techniques that the county and state will use against you because he has done the same thing before.
He also makes sure that his clients know that when it comes to being an attorney, he takes his job very seriously. He will tirelessly address details in your case by conducting a complete investigation which will leave no stone unturned. When he started his practice, it was to ensure that the citizens of New Jersey would get the best help necessary. If you would like to contact us, we are available 24 hours a day for a free consultation. You call, and we answer–it is as simple as that.
Our Legal Services
Over the years, our legal team has fought on behalf of clients who’ve been accused of driving under the influence in a variety of situations. Whether this is your first DUI, second DUI, or a repeat DUI, you need an attorney you can count on. Our firm also has significant experience helping clients who’ve been charged with high BAC DUIs and drug DUIs. Do not make the mistake of facing your charges alone when you have a competent attorney right here at the Law Office of Douglas Herring who is prepared to fight for your rights, from start to finish.
Consequences of a DUI in New Jersey
Though New Jersey modified its DUI laws regarding first-offense DUIs in 2019, making the penalties for a first DUI slightly less harsh, the consequences of any DUI charge in New Jersey can drastically impact a person for months, or even years down the road. Some of the most common penalties associated with driving while under the influence charges are as follows:
- Driver’s license suspension
- High fines
- Community service
- The installation of the ignition interlock device
- Permanent license revocation
- Court-ordered substance or alcohol abuse treatment
After a first-offense DUI, the penalties for DUI charges become even harsher. For example, the penalties for a second DUI in Mercer County are as follows:
- You will face between 48 hours and 90 days in jail
- You will lose your license for two years
- A potential $1,500 fine
- A surcharge of $1,000 for three years
- Up to three years with the ignition interlock device
- 30 days of community service
If you are charged with a DUI for a third or subsequent time, you will face the harshest penalties. For a repeat DUI, you will face the following:
- You will have to spend at least 180 days in jail
- You will face a 10-year driver’s license suspension
- You will have to use the ignition interlock device for up to three years
- You will have to pay a $1,000 fine & a $1,000 surcharge every year for three years
- You will lose your driver’s license for 10 years
DUIs With Commercial Licenses in New Jersey
You should also understand that if you receive a DUI with a commercial license, you will most likely face additional penalties. For a first DUI with a commercial license, you can expect to lose your commercial driver’s license for at least one year. If you receive a second DUI with your commercial driver’s license, you will most likely lose your commercial driver’s license for the rest of your life. Not only will this impact your ability to drive and warrant high fines, but you will also lose your livelihood, which can put you and your family’s future in jeopardy. If you are accused of driving while under the influence, you cannot afford to proceed without a competent Mercer County DUI lawyer in your corner.
Ramifications for College Students Charged With DUIs
Princeton New Jersey is known the world over for the prestigious Princeton University. Our city is also recognized for the great community that has been built up around the school containing many excellent bars and restaurants. Because of the proximity of the town to the interstate, many people decide to stop and have a few drinks in our historic city and then drive intoxicated to their next destination. Because of the increase of drinking and driving by students, community members, and tourists, the county and state crack down harshly on all those suspected of driving while under the influence.
In the state of New Jersey, the stigma of being charged with a DUI can be life-shattering. Without the representation of a knowledgeable attorney, you can face extremely high insurance rates, IID, fines, and jail time. Because of the nature of DUI, it can also be increasingly difficult to find a job or continue your higher education. In some cases, being convicted of a crime may warrant the revocation of financial assistance. Our qualified team will be able to review your case and work to get you the best possible results to help ensure your future stays bright.
Contact a Mercer County DUI Lawyer
The bottom line is that a DUI conviction can permanently affect a person’s life, and it is a stain that no one needs on their record or on their name. For years, our firm has dedicated itself to helping drunk driving victims in Mercer County and throughout New Jersey. We understand how stressful this situation can be for those facing these charges, and we are ready to do everything in our power to attain the best possible outcome on your behalf. We will keep you informed, work out a strong defense, and fight for your rights, every step of the way. Contact the Law Office of Douglas Herring today to schedule your free initial consultation with our experienced legal team.