Jersey Shore DWI Defense Attorneys Serving Ocean and Monmouth Counties
Since 1996, the criminal defense lawyers of Villani & DeLuca have advised and represented people charged with alcohol and drug-related traffic violations. If you have been arrested for DWI or DUI in New Jersey or in our Jersey Shore community, contact us immediately to get your defense up and running.
Drunk driving charges carry harsh penalties upon conviction, and they are fairly simple for the prosecution to prove. When there’s solid evidence that the defendant was operating a motor vehicle after ingesting drugs or alcohol, that’s all it normally takes to support an arrest and request to submit to a breathalyzer.
Nevertheless, there are many ways to defend and even defeat a DWI or DUI charge.
Did the arresting officer have probable cause to stop you?
No matter how strong the evidence of DWI may be, the police officer still had to have a sound reason to pull you over. Was there a moving violation? Erratic operation or trouble staying within a lane? Missing taillight or other problem with the vehicle? Law enforcement officers understand that they can’t stop a vehicle for no reason, so they generally state the reasons for the traffic stop in the incident report. A good defense lawyer knows how to find weaknesses in the stated probable cause for the stop, which can sometimes lead to dismissal of the case against you.
Were field sobriety tests or drug recognition evaluation procedures properly followed?
Prior to testing your blood alcohol concentration, law enforcement officers will often ask a DWI suspect to perform certain tests like standing on one leg or following a light with your eyes. If an arresting officer does not conduct these tests properly, the defense can attack the evidence they produce, which in turn can result in dismissal of the charges. Partner, Carmine R. Villani, has received advanced training in Standard Field Sobriety Testing.
Was the laboratory evidence of intoxication properly developed and maintained?
Problems with the calibration, operation, custody or analysis of blood alcohol samples can open the door toward dismissal or acquittal on drunk driving charges. Defense lawyers who know what to look for in the lab reports can sometimes show that otherwise incriminating evidence of intoxication can’t stand up in court.
At Villani & DeLuca, our DWI defense lawyers are trained in the same Alcotest breathalyzer, field sobriety, and drug recognition evaluation procedures that police officers use in building the case against you. Our ability to identify shortcomings and errors in these procedures can make the decisive difference between conviction and dismissal of a serious drunk driving charge. Our experience with the different charging and prosecution practices in each of the Jersey Shore municipalities we serve represents an additional advantage for our clients.
Whether your drunk driving arrest occurred while vacationing on the Jersey Shore, or you’re a longtime resident of Ocean or Monmouth County, the defense attorneys can help you limit or avoid the damage of a drunk driving arrest and conviction. To find out more about the ways we can help you, contact Villani & DeLuca for a free consultation.