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First DUI / DWI

Arrested for a First-Time DUI/DWI?

Hire a Top-Notch East Brunswick and Freehold DUI Lawyer

The state of New Jersey is notoriously harsh on drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI), imposing stiff consequences on even for first-time convictions. These charges cannot be taken lightly, as they can expose a person to the possibility of jail time, stiff fines, and driver’s license suspension. If you are facing charges for a first offense DUI or DWI, I, Attorney Ryan E. Gilbert, am ready to defend your rights to the full extent of the law.

In my 19 years as an East Brunswick DUI attorney, I have successfully defended thousands of accused clients against their criminal charges and I am equipped to defend you in your legal struggle. My dedication to my clients is evidenced by my vast collection of top-notch client testimonials, and I am equipped with the skills you need to maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome.

Request a free case evaluation today to get started towards retaining powerful representation.

How Likely is Jail Time For a First DUI in New Jersey? 

For a first DUI or DWI conviction, all offenders will face up to 30 days in jail, expensive hikes in insurance hikes, and up to 48 hours in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. Additional penalties will vary depending on the level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registered at the time of the arrest.

If an individual's BAC is found to be 0.08% or higher, they may face the following penalties:

  • A fine of up to $400
  • Suspension of their driver's license for three months
  • Completion of an alcohol education and highway safety program

If an individual's BAC is found to be 0.10% or higher, they may face the following additional penalties:

  • A fine of up to $500
  • Suspension of their driver's license for a period of seven to 12 months
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle

If an individual's BAC is found to be 0.15% or higher, they may face the following additional penalties:

  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Suspension of their driver's license for a period of one to two years
  • Up to 30 days in jail

It is important to note that these are the maximum penalties for a first DUI or DWI offense in New Jersey. The specific penalties an individual may face will depend on the circumstances of their case and the judge's discretion.

If a DUI or DWI caused a severe accident or injury to another person, the individual might face criminal charges and the possibility of jail time. In these cases, it is essential to seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to understand your legal options and the potential consequences you may face.

Do not hesitate to seek legal guidance if you have been charged with a DUI or DWI in New Jersey. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand your rights and options and will work to protect your interests and defend your case.

Contact Our First DUI/DWI Attorney Today 

A DUI or DWI conviction can tarnish a person’s reputation and hinder someone’s ability to find employment. If you have been charged with a first DUI or DWI offense in New Jersey, it is important to understand the potential consequences you may face and to seek legal guidance from an experienced criminal defense attorney. While a first DUI or DWI offense is generally considered a traffic offense rather than a criminal offense, the specific penalties an individual may face can vary depending on the circumstances. Our experienced DUI attorney can help you understand your rights and options and will work to protect your interests and defend your case! 

Contact the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC today to schedule a consultation!


Our Settlements & Verdicts

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • Client Acquitted Assault
  • Assault Charge Dismissed Assault and Cross-Complaint for False Police Report
  • Charges Dismissed Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order Dismissed Against Client following Trial
  • All Charges Were Dismissed DWI and Careless Driving
  • DWI Charge Dismissed DWI and Reckless Driving
  • DWI And Lane Change Dismissed DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure and Unsafe Lane Change
    "I am very grateful for Mr. Gilbert excellent job!"
    Excellent Job! I contacted a few law offices before … Finally, I chose Ryan E. Gilbert…the way he greeted me made me feel like a very important client and took consideration for any conditions I had at the time. Everything was quick and smooth! He was well informed and smart he was also helpful and kind. I would recommend him! 5 stars and 2 thumbs up! I am very grateful for Mr. Gilbert excellent job!
    - Michelle
    "Ryan To The Rescue"
    Ryan is a very thorough attorney. He knows the law and he keeps you well informed of all the details with your case. He will work very hard for you. I would definitely use him again for any legal matters and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent attorney.
    - Former Client
    "My case had a successful outcome."
    Ryan was compassionate, intelligent, efficient and thorough; he gave good advice, represented me in court, and was successful in winning a reduction in my property taxes. I wholeheartedly recommend him. I know he handles other types of cases as well.
    - Former Client
    "Great job protecting my future"
    Ryan was a trusted adviser throughout the course of my legal issues. I was unfamiliar with legal proceedings and Ryan was able to explain to me my legal situation, and risks associated with various defenses and decisions I had to make. He took the time to explain all the scenarios to my satisfaction which gave me piece of mind and comfort. Ryan was also very responsive through various forms of communications (phone, email, text) which made keeping in contact convenient throughout the process. Ryan showed up on time (early in fact) to various appointments and appeared to handle relationship building effectively with opposing attorneys and the prosecutor. At the end of the day, I was very satisfied with the work done by Ryan as the outcome of my legal matter was better than I had expected and kept my reputation in tact, which undoubtedly will help me pursue my future career/professional ambitions.
    - Former Client
    "Professionalism at its best"
    Mr. Gilbert has made my case easy and clear to understand without all the legal jargon. He took time to help me clearly understand my case and kept me updated with all occurrences. Also, the case had been postponed and he waited alongside and had a friendly chat at the nearby Starbucks and besides giving me a great case result, he made me feel as if I had someone by my side. Patient, honest, and soft spoken, Ryan is not someone else whom just told me what to do and I just say yes too, like previous attorneys I had. I will always suggest and use Ryan Gilbert as my attorney.
    - Former Client
    "Attentive, fast responding, professional, expert"
    Attentive, fast responding, professional and expert is how I would describe the attention and service that I received from Mr. Gilbert. He solved my matter quickly and explained in very clear terms each step and set expectation for action on all sides. I was very pleased with how my matter was resolved and would recommend Mr. Gilbert to those requiring legal services. If needed I would absolutely seek Mr. Gilbert's council again.
    - Former Client
    "An invaluable asset to anyone"
    Mr. Gilbert is an excellent attorney. His knowledge and experience make him an invaluable asset to anyone looking for an attorney.
    - Former Client
    "Ryan could not have been more helpful"
    I found myself in quite a situation and Ryan could not have been more helpful in my time of need. Ryan worked tirelessly and did whatever he could to secure for me the best possible outcome. Even when I first called, I never could have imagined having my case resolve as positively as it did. Thank you so much Ryan!
    - Former Client

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