DWI Charges

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DWI convictions can lead to the loss of your driver’s license, hefty fines, increased car insurance premiums, a criminal record and jail or prison time. NJ DWI attorney Michael J. Beatrice has years of experience representing clients in many types of criminal cases and can help you understand your legal rights and the best options available for your defense.

Although DWI charges usually involve drunken driving, you also can be charged with DWI for driving under the influence of drugs. The drugs do not have to be illegal, and there is no specific amount of drugs that must be in your system for you to be considered “under the influence.” Any drug that impairs your ability to drive can lead to you being charged with a DWI.

An Experienced NJ DWI Attorney You Can Trust

With over 30 years of experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, DWI attorney Michael J. Beatrice has a unique legal perspective and has helped thousands of clients with all types of traffic and vehicle-related criminal offenses, including:

  • Driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI / DUI)
  • Death by Auto
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Breathalyzer refusal
  • Driving with high blood-alcohol content (BAC) levels
  • Speeding tickets
  • Hit and run
  • Careless driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Vehicular assault
  • Road rage

….and more

Effective Representation For DWI Cases

Mr. Beatrice worked in both the Fort Lee and Mahwah Municipal Court prosecuting DWI and DUI cases for 18 years and has represented defendants in DWI cases in every county in New Jersey. His vast experience in handling DWI cases gives him unique insight into the most effective strategies to get charges dismissed or reduced.

Mr. Beatrice was among the first lawyers in New Jersey trained by the manufacturer of the Alcotest Breath Testing Device and he has taken the certification course for the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests by NHTSA certified instructors. Mr. Beatrice’s knowledge of this equipment and its potential for error are key to a good DWI / DUI defense.

For Mr. Beatrice, the defense process involves two steps: (1) make people want to help you and to decide in your favor, (2) show them how they can. That’s where being creative, resourceful, intelligent, and experienced all come into play.

If your DWI case does go to trial, knowledgeable NJ DWI attorney Michael Beatrice will provide an aggressive defense against the accusations made by the prosecution and ensure that:

  • The evidence against you is thoroughly reviewed and investigated for possible police misconduct.
  • All witnesses are interviewed to get the whole story.
  • Your case is presented clearly and effectively to a judge.

Contact A NJ DWI Attorney

Regardless of the type of criminal charges you are facing, Michael J. Beatrice will fight for your rights and work toward the best possible outcome for your case. If you have been charged with a DWI or DUI, contact him for a free initial telephone consultation.

Unlike some lawyers who sent me intimidating letters after my DWI arrest, Michael J. Beatrice made me feel comfortable and at ease right from the initial call. Then he spent hours working on my case, making it his number one priority. He helped me understand the law and my rights. He was persuasive, well prepared, and effective in court. I cannot thank him enough for taking care of my DWI charges. J.K.

Sample Cases: DWI / DUI Defense

State v. D.H.: Law student facing two DWI charges in two separate courts, one a second offense and the other in a third offense with a mandatory 180 days in jail and a ten-year license suspension. Mr. Beatrice got the second offense reduced to a Reckless Driving. After a protracted trial, Mr. Beatrice obtained an acquittal on the third offense when he caught the officer lying about the breath tests.

State v. J.A.: Defendant charged with DWI after auto accident. At trial de novo in Superior Court, Defendant found Not Guilty. Later, member of Judge’s staff referred family member to Mr. Beatrice to defend DWI for which he was acquitted.

State v. C.M.: Defendant charge with third offense DWI was told by other prominent lawyer there was no defense and should plead guilty and get jail sentence. Family member who was court employee in another town referred him to Mr. Beatrice. At trial, the defendant was acquitted when Mr. Beatrice exposed police officer’s falsehood and procedural violations on cross examination.

State v. N.B.: Second offense DWI. The defendant was acquitted after trial where Mr. Beatrice forced State Trooper on cross examination to admit to errors in field test and breath testing procedures.

State v. M.C.: Business owner charged with DWI. After motions filed by Mr. Beatrice, charges were dismissed.

State v. M.D.: Defendant charged with second offense DWI. After Mr. Beatrice discovered Constitutional violations, he filed Motion to Suppress Evidence, which was granted. DWI dismissed.

State v. P.D.: Defendant charged with School Zone DWI and Refusal. Dismissed.

State v. A.F.: DWI dismissed after medical defense advanced by Mr. Beatrice negated field tests.

State v. J.K.: Third offense DWI. After Mr. Beatrice won a Motion to Suppress Evidence, the DWI was dismissed.

State v. M.L.: Second Offense DWI. Using a very sophisticated technique, Mr. Beatrice filed a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief and was able to vacate the first DWI, resulting in a 21-month reduction in defendant’s license suspension.

State v. C.D.: Second Offense DWI. Mr. Beatrice convinced State that there were proof problems with regard to operation and search and arrest. DWI dismissed.

State v. A.S.: Mr. Beatrice filed Motion to Suppress. State dismissed after legal argument won by defense.

State v. M.S.: Second Offense DWI dismissed after Mr. Beatrice filed motion for Lack of Jurisdiction on search and arrest, which was granted.

Mr. Beatrice has handled many hundreds of DWI cases where he has skillfully excluded the breath test results, thereby reducing the charge to a first-tier offense and lowering the potential penalty significantly.