Drivers that get ticketed in New Jersey for drunk driving will usually see on the summons a court date that is less than a week from the date that they were stopped. This gets them thinking that they have very little time to get a lawyer and protect their rights.
That is not the case. Because courts in New Jersey are mandated to resolve, as best they can, DUI matters within 60 days of the incident, the ball gets rolling right away.
This court date on your ticket is not for a trial; it is for something called a "rights hearing." All those people charged with DWI in the days leading up to the hearing are brought in and read their rights on drunk driving.
This includes all of the penalties they are facing first, second, or third/subsequent violations, along with their right to a lawyer. This is usually done en masse for everyone, who are then excused from court for the day. A notice of trial date is then mailed to them.
What does this mean to you if you have received a drunk driving ticket in southern New Jersey? Well, it means that you need to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to find out where you stand, what your options are, etc. If you don't hire one soon, that 60 days can run out faster than you may think.
So What Do I Do?
If you have been charged with drunk driving in southern New Jersey, please feel free to call my office at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to schedule a free consultation in my Woodbury office. The consequences are just too great not to.
If you are looking for more information on New Jersey's drunk driving law, then download my free book, How Much Trouble Am I In? A Guide to New Jersey Drunk Driving Law.
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