School Zone

Holmdel NJ School Zone DWI Lawyer

A DWI violation is significant worse in Holmdel if it occurs in a school zone. The reason is because N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(g) enhances the penalties that apply for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the offense is committed within 1,000 feet of an elementary or secondary school. If you were arrested and charged with DWI in a school zone in Holmdel, the attorneys at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver can help you escape the consequences that apply under this law. Our staff includes eight lawyers, several of whom are former prosecutors, including Nicholas Moschella, Esq., who has served in Holmdel Municipal Court. To speak to a lawyer on our team anytime 24/7, call our Middletown Office at 732-615-0039 which is only a few miles from the court.

Experienced DUI Defense Attorneys to Defense Your School Zone Offense

The penalties that apply to a school zone charge make is especially important that you mount your very best defense so that these ramifications are avoided. In order for the state to convict you of this offense, it must prove that you: (1) were under the influence of drugs and alcohol (e.g. had a BAC of .08% or higher); (2) while operating a motor vehicle; and (3) within 1,000 feet of a school property. The third requirement will typically be established using testimony from the arresting officer as to where the motorist was operating his car or truck and a map depicting that the area of operation was within 1,000 feet of a school or its property. When these elements are established, a driver is subject to the following penalties:

  • First Offense. A fine of $500-$800, up to 60 days in jail and 1-2 years license suspension apply at sentencing for a first offense.
  • Second Offense. The fine increases to $1,000-$1,000, along with 4-180 days in jail, 60 days community service and a 4 years license revocation for a second offense.
  • Third Offense. There is a $2,000 fine, 180 days in jail, and a 20 year loss of your license for a third offense.

 DWI in a School Zone Defense Attorney in Holmdel Township

As you can see, the consequences of a conviction for DWI in a school zone are significant. This is even more apparent when you consider that you these penalties apply on top of those that are triggered for standard violation under 39:4-50 that you may be facing. This is good reason for you to do your research thoroughly to identify the best attorney to handle your case. We believe that the Holmdel NJ DWI lawyers at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver provide an excellent option for you in this regard. To speak to defense attorney on our staff, call us anytime of day or night at 732-450-8300. We are happy to provide you with the benefit of our insight.

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