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Fort Lee DWI Lawyer

Sutnick & Sutnick, LLC, is fully committed to DUI/DWI defense.

From our offices in Hackensack and Wayne, New Jersey, we advise and represent clients seeking a high level of personal service and a high level of experience in solving real problems.

Fort Lee DWI Lawyer

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A Law Firm Focused Exclusively On Criminal Defense

As former prosecutors, the attorneys at Sutnick & Sutnick, LLC, have extensive experience handling felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile crimes, disorderly persons' offenses and traffic violations. Located in Hackensack, New Jersey, Sutnick & Sutnick, LLC, represents people in the New Jersey Superior Court and Municipal Court, New York Supreme Court and the New York Criminal Court System.

We focus exclusively on criminal law matters, including the defense of adults and juveniles. Regardless of the crime with which you were charged — DWI, robbery, murder, domestic violence — we can help.

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Being accused of a crime or major traffic violation can be particularly stressful. If you believe your reputation, your family, your driver's license, your career or your freedom are in jeopardy, get the legal representation you need. It makes sense to fight for what is important to you.

At the law firm of Sutnick & Sutnick, LLC, based in Bergen County, we concentrate our practice on protecting the rights and freedoms of our clients. We can help you and your family deal with any criminal case or serious traffic matter involving:

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Many people who are arrested for a crime are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system, and they worry about the penalties they may be facing. An arrest for a criminal charge can seriously impact your life, your family and your career. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a criminal charge can affect your immigration status and could lead to deportation. It is essential that you obtain proper legal representation if you or a loved one has been charged with a crime or accused of a serious traffic violation.

Personal Service And Problem-Solving

  • We will always advocate for you — we will be on your side, working for your best interest.
  • We will always fight for you — we will make sure you are treated fairly.
  • We will always tell you the truth about your case — we will be realistic and practical, so you can be ready to face what lies ahead.
  • We will always work hard to put you in the best possible position — and we will work together to help you make the best decisions regarding your legal matter.

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Attorney Warren S. Sutnick

Attorney Sutnick

Mr. Sutnick has been practicing law since 1991. He is admitted to the federal and state bar in New Jersey and New York. Mr. Sutnick is experienced in both criminal and civil litigation. He recently received the Client Satisfaction Award for being one of the 10 Best Attorneys by the American Instutite of DWI/DUI Lawyers. Mr. Sutnick is an experieined DWI trial attorney.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Sutnick was counsel at Morgan Stanley in New York City and Vice President at PaineWebber in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Mr. Sutnick was a senior trial attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York where he worked from 1991 to 1997.

Mr. Sutnick graduated from Rutgers University in 1988 and from Brooklyn Law School in 1991.

Definition of Impairment

In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if he/ she operates a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent. Consuming even small amounts of alcohol dulls the senses, decreases reaction time, and hampers judgement, vision and alertness. If you consume any amount of alcohol and your driving is negatively impacted, you can be convicted of drunk driving. It is also a violation for a person to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of a narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit producing drug. You can also be convicted for allowing another person to operate a motor vehicle when that person does so in violation of the driving while intoxicated (DWI) law. What follows is a summary of the penalties that result when a person is convicted of violating New Jersey’s DWI law.

Consequences of Drving While Intoxicated

In New Jersey, you must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Underage drinking is illegal and can have severe consequences for young people who drink and for adults who provide alcoholic beverages to those under 21.

If you are under 21 and buy or drink alcohol in a place with an alcoholic beverage license, you may be fined $500 and lose your driver license for six months. If you do not have your license, the suspension starts when you are first eligible to receive a license. Also you may be required to participate in an alcohol education or treatment program.

If you are under 21, drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in your system (.01 BAC or above) and are convicted for violating New Jersey’s zero tolerance law, the penalties are:

  • Loss or postponement of driving privileges for 30 to 90 days
  • 15 to 30 days of community service
  • Participation in an alcohol and traffic safety education program

1st Offense

Under New Jersey Law (P.L. 2003, CHAPTER 314), if an offender’s BAC is 0.08 percent or higher, but less than 0.10 percent, or if an offender permits another person with a BAC over 0.08 percent, but less than 0.10 percent to operate a motor vehicle, the penalties are: A fine of $250-$400* Imprisonment for up to 30 days* 3-month license suspension* A minimum of six hours a day for two consecutive days in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years If the offender’s BAC is 0.10 percent or higher, or the person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of a narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or permits another person with a BAC of 0.10 percent to operate a motor vehicle, the penalties are: A fine of $300-$500* Imprisonment for up to 30 days* A license suspension between 7 months and 1 year* A minimum of six hours a day for two consecutive days in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years Offenders with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher must install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they principally operate during the license suspension period and for a period of 6 months to 1 year after license restoration.

2nd Offense

A fine of $500-$1,000* Imprisonment of at least 48 consecutive hours, and up to 90 days* 2-year license suspension* 48 consecutive hours detainment in a regional Intoxicated Driver Resource Center An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years Installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of 1 year to 3 years after license restoration

3rd Offense

A fine of $1,000* Imprisonment of 180 days* 10-year license suspension* Detainment in an in-patient alcoholism treatment program A fee to be paid to the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center dependent upon court sentence An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,500 a year for 3 years Installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of 1 year to 3 years after license restoration

Any Offense Also Carries

  • A $100 surcharge to be deposited in the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund
  • A Motor Vehicle Commission restoration fee of $100 and an Intoxicated Driving Program fee of $100
  • A Violent Crimes Compensation Fund fee of $50
  • A Safe and Secure Community Program fee of $75

Refusal to Submit to A Breath Test

  • 1st offense - $300-$500 fine and a license suspension of not less than 7 months or more than 1 year*
  • 2nd offense - $500-$1,000 fine and a 2-year license suspension*
  • 3rd offense - $1,000 fine and a 10-year license suspension*
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of 6 months to 1 year after license restoration for the 1st offense, 1 year to 3 years for the 2nd and 3rd offenses
  • Automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years for 1st and 2nd offenses, $1,500 for 3rd offense
  • A $100 surcharge to be deposited in the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund
  • Referral to an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center

Driving With A Minor

A parent or guardian who is convicted of driving while intoxicated and had a passenger in the motor vehicle 17 years of age or younger, is also guilty of a disorderly persons offense. In addition, a person forfeits the right to operate a motor vehicle for a maximum of six months and must perform community service for up to five days.

Driving with a Suspended License due to DWI

  • A fine of $500*
  • 10 to 90 days imprisonment*
  • 1 to 2 years additional license suspension*
  • If you are involved in a crash while your license is suspended and someone is hurt, you face a mandatory 45 day jail sentence*
  • Revocation of motor vehicle registration*

Possessing an Open Container in the Passenger Compartment

  • 1st offense - $200
  • 2nd offense - $250 fine or 10 days of community service
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