Consequences and Penalties: DWI/DUI and other Criminal-Related Offenses Surrounding Alcohol and Drugs

DEMLP partner Greg S. Gargulinski has represented clients in matters involving DWI/DUI, as well as criminal defense at the State, Appellate and Federal levels for nearly two decades. He is a frequent speaker to members of the bar and the local communities on the various issues regarding criminal and motor vehicle law violations.

Please reach out to Greg if you would like him to address your high school or organization about the consequences of a DWI, alcohol and/or drug-related arrest. It is important for any potential offender to fully grasp the serious penalties if arrested for DWI/DUI, including:

  • Loss of license. You will not be able to drive to work or school - you could lose your license for 3 months to one year on your first offense. The court and the Motor Vehicle Commission of New Jersey cannot and will not issue any “work” or “conditional” license during a period of suspension.  Subsequent offenses may lead to the revocation of your license for up to ten years.
  •  Jail. You could land in jail for up to 30 days on your first offense. Subsequent offenses could get you longer terms of up to 90 or 180 days.
  • Collateral Damage. There are many financial implications that easily could run into the thousands of dollars, including Motor Vehicle Commission and insurance surcharges as well as attorney fees. Community service and attendance at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center may be required.  An interlock device may be ordered in your car.

It is also important to counsel on the potential consequences of marijuana possession and the underage purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol, including:

  • A record of conviction for up to 5 years
  • Fines, probation and/or jail
  • Loss of driver’s license for 6 months
  • Suspension or expulsion form school grounds
  • Loss of employment or ability to get employment due to convictions. Your record could be on file for any potential employer doing a background check.

Take preventive action with a complimentary presentation to learn about the issues that all drivers and underage individuals may encounter once arrested.  Greg will advise your group on the potential penalties of drinking and driving as well as other criminal-related offenses surrounding alcohol and drugs.

With the holidays celebrations quickly approaching, it is important to recognize the ramifications involved if you are arrested.

If you would like Greg to address your high school or organization, please contact: ggargulinski@demlplaw.com or (732) 462-7170.

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