DWI Sentencing Alternatives

South Jersey DWI Defense:
Minimizing the Damage

Avoiding conviction on a DWI or DUI charge is not always a realistic possibility. Even when it is, in fact - a conviction might still result. Even the best criminal defense lawyers don't "win" every time out.

In DWI defense, it is important to keep these things in mind as you represent your client and to have a plan for making the best out of whatever develops.

At Hagner & Zohlman, we strive to achieve the best possible results for our clients, a commitment that includes working to secure favorable sentencing terms when getting the case dismissed, dropped or the charges reduced does not happen. Our practice, which includes all of South Jersey and Philadelphia criminal courts as well, draws on the experience of recognized former Municipal Court prosecutor John Zohlman. Mr. Zohlman has been recognized by New Jersey Monthly as one of the state's Super Lawyers .

DUI Sentencing Alternatives

First-time offender status is often key to securing favorable sentencing options. However, whether this is your first DWI, your second or your fourth - attorney Zohlman's personal knowledge of what it means to be a prosecutor can be helpful in minimizing the consequences of a new conviction.

On a first offense this could mean a minimal fine, two days in a New Jersey IDRC (intoxicated driver resource center) facility and a drivers' license suspension period that is closer to the minimum of three months than the maximum one year.

If you have been convicted of a DWI (whether in New Jersey or any other state) but it has been more than 10 years since last one - it may still be possible for you to be treated as a first offender by the court. In some cases, Mr. Zohlman has successfully been able to go back to the original court and get the case opened, overturned, or expunged - or the level of your offense reduced the offense by one.

Even if this will be your second DWI conviction in less than 10 years, avoiding jail time may still be possible. At this level, you will have to spend at least four days in an IDRC facility. However, Mr. Zohlman will work to see if any additional jail time requirements can be met through probation, house arrest, weekends only or a SLAP (sheriff's labor assistance program) program placement that allows for work release.

If this will be your third offense, you have to serve 180 days in jail. However, we can help you apply to serve up to 90 days of that time in a qualified alcohol or chemical dependency treatment program before or after incarceration.

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For tough, experienced defense against charges of drunk driving - call us at 1-856-663-9090 or contact our offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, online.