The College Student’s Guide to DWI DefenseYou’re a college student, and you’re smart. But we all make mistakes. If you find yourself looking at a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) in New Jersey, there are some important legal guidelines that you should consider. Yes, a DWI charge is upsetting, but take a deep breath and defend yourself.

Initial Questions

If you’re stopped for a presumed DWI, the officers will ask you some basic questions to get a sense of whether you’re an impaired driver – whether you’re coherent enough to reasonably answer their questions and whether they can smell alcohol on you or notice signs of intoxication. While you should answer the officers’ questions truthfully, don’t overdo it. Give them the minimal information that they ask for and nothing more. Anything you say will be memorialized in their police report and can come back to haunt you later in a court of law.

Breathalyzer Test

It’s rarely a good idea to refuse a breathalyzer test, and if you haven’t been drinking, you absolutely should not refuse. If you do refuse to take a breathalyzer test in New Jersey, you will be charged with a separate offense of refusal that carries a minimum sentence of seven months of license suspension.

Legal Expense

Attorneys understand that, as a college student, you are probably living on ramen and off-brand mac and cheese. With that in mind, many attorneys will implement reduced fees and/or a payment plan. Don’t leave your legal record to chance; find an attorney who will aggressively defend your rights.

Your College

A DWI conviction in New Jersey is not a criminal conviction, and it’s extremely unlikely that it will get you kicked out of college. Such a conviction, however, may have a detrimental effect on your housing accommodations and your ever-important financial aid. It’s in your best interest to stay in school, so it’s in your best interest to retain a skilled DWI attorney to defend you against a DWI charge.

Underage Drinking

If you’re caught drinking before you turn 21, things can be a bit different. Your college may have some special regulations in place that you’ll have to address. Municipal court also comes into play, and you need to present a strong defense at both levels; you need a skilled New Jersey attorney with experience defending underage drinking charges.

If You’re a College Student Who’s Been Charged with a DWI in New Jersey, Call 732-204-7387 for More Information Today

If you’re a college student who’s been charged with a DWI or DUI, you’re naturally upset and in need of legal guidance. David C. Barry, Attorney at Law can explain your rights and help you obtain an outcome that’s advantageous for you. For a free initial consultation regarding your New Jersey DWI charge, call attorney David C. Barry at 732-204-7387 or contact him online today.