Category: Traffic Violations

Despite Impact of COVID-19 & Social Distancing Limitations, NJ Judicial Staff Work Diligently to Ensure Justice is Served Securely & Safely

With court hours based on a county-by-county decision, these measures and options to operate remotely to a certain extent ensure that both the staff and the public everyone can stay healthy and safe.

Despite Impact of COVID-19 & Social Distancing Limitations, NJ Judicial Staff Work Diligently to Ensure Justice is Served Securely & SafelyCOVID-19’s significant impact on the New Jersey Judicial system can easily be seen in the volume of curtailed court proceedings and backlogged trial court cases. Although all federal civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials have been postponed until January 4, 2021, the courts are working diligently to ensure that justice and other court services can be served and transacted remotely as well as securely.

According to recent NJ state guidelines and information, both Superior and Municipal Courts have resumed some in-person court services. A limited number of judges and judicial staff work on-site each day to accommodate attorneys, litigants, and public members with scheduled appointments or legal proceedings.

With court hours based on a county-by-county decision, these measures and options to operate remotely to a certain extent ensure that both the staff and the public everyone can stay healthy and safe.

If you have received a Municipal court summons or have a scheduled hearing, now more than ever is the time not to ignore these appointments or delay seeking experienced legal guidance. Being convicted of a crime in a NJ municipal court can result in jail time, heavy fines, loss of driving privileges and seriously impact your employment, educational, and housing opportunities, and result in a permanent criminal record.

This means protecting your rights by keeping on top of any scheduled hearing, motion, conference, or other legal matter and having a knowledgeable lawyer on your side to answer questions about application deadline filings, family law matters, or exploring your legal options. Also, courts aren’t eager to create an additional backlog of divorce and family law cases either. Sometimes, alternative methods of resolving disputes such as mediation or arbitration may be more effective and economically sound alternatives to facilitate settlements agreeable to all parties.

Have You Missed a Court Date? Are You Wondering What To Do?No matter the kind of family law issue, criminal case, real estate transaction, or municipal court summons, Bronzino Law Firm, LLC is ready to begin helping you today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have provided our clients with the same level of quality legal services and representation as always, targeted to their needs. Conveniently located in Brick and Sea Girt, New Jersey, we know how stressful these situations can be and are dedicated to providing highly attentive, effective, and knowledgeable legal counsel to each of our clients. With our honest, communicative, and dedicated approach to handling any legal issue, we can find solutions to and overcome even the most difficult issues.

Schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case today by contacting us online or calling our Brick, NJ office at (732) 812-3102.

Have You Missed a Court Date? Are You Wondering What To Do?

Unexpected events happen, which may prevent someone from being able to make their court appearance. In one of our recent articles, Consequences of Failing to Appear in Court or Respond to a Court Summons,” we discussed how if you or someone you love in New Jersey missed a court date for a traffic violation or a criminal offense or needs guidance on resolving a license suspension, arrest warrant, or an outstanding case, you must consult an experienced attorney who can best present your unique circumstances and explains your missed court appearance. Thus, possibly minimizing or avoiding any resulting penalties.

Open and honest communication with one´s legal counsel can provide context, prevent misunderstandings, arrest warrants, or time spent away from loved ones. Besides, a strong defense of the underlying charges can increase the chances of an acquittal or reduction to a lesser charge.

How Does Your Office Communicate With Clients During the Pandemic?

Since before the pandemic, The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, has been committed to safely and securely serving and communicating with clients. We understand and believe that each client is different, with unique needs and goals, and as such, unique strategies must be crafted for each case to settle them for our clients favorably.

We want to keep our employees, as well as our clients and potential clients, safe, so our new integrative approach of email, phone, video chat apps, and video conferencing options gives our clients the personal connection and quality service they have come to expect from us, combined with the comfort that modern technology and the internet provides.

Does Your Office Support Client In Remote or Virtual Court Proceedings?

As the digital transformation of virtual court proceedings has tried to meet the challenges the pandemic has placed on the judicial system, it has also exposed numerous social challenges and discrepancies between internet access and connectivity.

Does Your Office Support Client In Remote or Virtual Court Proceedings?As lawyers, we are committed to eliminating any disparities, in the same way, we would in a physical court, by ensuring that if our clients are using technology remotely (i.e., via our office), they can still get justice. Just imagine how not having access to more modern means of internet connectivity (i.e., somewhat modern laptop or computer, high-speed internet) and the connection is lost or dropped or how lacking an environment conducive to properly hearing the proceedings or sufficient privacy to give testimony, could affect a client’s remote hearing case.

We work with our clients to ensure they can focus on protecting their rights and seeking justice by supportively guiding them through this “new normal” of a remote judicial process.

Contact Our Monmouth County Family Law Firm Today

At the Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, our experienced attorneys provide our clients with the necessary support to negotiate with local courts, protect their rights, and ensure their and their family’s future so that they can move on to a place of calm and stability.

If you would like to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a member of our team today regarding a municipal court summons or any family law issue you may be facing, please fill out the online form or call our Brick or Sea Girt office at (732) 812-3102 to learn more about your legal options.

Reducing Points for a Traffic Violation Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJ

Helping drivers across the Jersey Shore in Point Pleasant, Toms River, Jackson, Wall, Sea Girt, and Brick.

Reducing Points for a Traffic Violation Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJSpeeding in New Jersey (NJ) can mean expensive fines and moving violations points. Depending on how many miles over the speed limit you were traveling, a traffic court judge may suspend your NJ Driver’s License for 30 to 60 days. Fines and increased insurance premiums arising from a speeding ticket can result in you paying hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars, so it’s practical to consult an experienced traffic violation attorney who can reduce a New Jersey speeding ticket to a lower-point violation. Your proactivity can protect your driving privileges, minimize potential penalties you might face, and possibly mitigate the impact on your driving record and auto insurance rates.

At The Bronzino Law Firm, located in Brick, New Jersey, we conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your ticket and work to get your charges reduced to a no-point violation, such as unsafe or reckless driving, or dismissed altogether.

If you have been cited for speeding in Brick, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Wall, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Jackson, Howell or anywhere in Ocean or Monmouth Counties contact us online or call us at (732) 812-3102 to arrange a free virtual legal consultation via Facetime, Whatsapp, zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype.

Am I required to make a court appearance for a Toms River, NJ Speeding Ticket?

If a court appearance is mandatory, the ticket will say so. You will be required to appear in court if you are cited for speeding by:

  • 40 mph or more
  • 20 mph or more in a Safe Corridor or Construction Zone

All motorists who receive a speeding ticket in NJ can either pay their fine directly or fight the ticket in court. Paying the ticket is considered a “guilty” plea and ends your case. If you appear in court, you can plead “not guilty” and challenge the ticket. It is important to contact the court directly if you choose to plead “not guilty” so that you can confirm your hearing date or if necessary, reschedule the proposed date with the clerk.

What If I Fail to Respond to a Traffic Ticket in Ocean County, NJ?

If you do not respond to a New Jersey traffic ticket, you will receive a “Failure to Appear” notice, which will give you a certain amount of time to comply with the instructions contained within it. Failing to comply with this notice will result in a bench warrant for your arrest that will remain open and active until the court recalls, withdraws, or discharges it.

Can a Brick, NJ Traffic Ticket or Violation Affect My Out-of-State Driver’s License?

Can a Brick, NJ Traffic Ticket or Violation Affect My Out-of-State Driver’s License?Unfortunately, it’s relatively common that drivers who do not live in New Jersey think that a NJ speeding ticket does not affect them. Since New Jersey is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact, participating states share information about each other’s drivers, traffic ticket convictions and any administrative actions (i.e. suspensions) taken against a driver from another state. This also means a driver can never escape the consequences of a traffic ticket conviction, even if the ticket is issued in another state.

Fortunately, drivers from other states can hire a New Jersey traffic violation attorney to handle a speeding ticket for them. Since New Jersey is strict about requiring drivers to appear in court for traffic matters, with or without an attorney, those living outside NJ can file an “affidavit of hardship” and have an attorney appear in court for them.

Contact an Experienced Sea Girt Traffic Violation Attorney Today

At The Bronzino Law Firm, we have extensive experience helping our clients contest all manner of traffic violations (i.e., leaving the scene of an accident, DIU/DWI, driving without insurance, etc. ) in Ocean and Monmouth County towns such as Wall, Jackson, Point Pleasant, Sea Girt, Asbury Park, and the surrounding communities.

Attorney Peter J. Bronzino has built his practice based on the belief that every client deserves highly attentive and effective legal counsel. Attorneys prepared for what is in many ways a new legal landscape know that in this digital age, it’s possible to provide legal services in a safe and convenient way without compromising on quality.

Contact us online or call our Brick or Sea Girt Bronzino Law, LLC office at (732) 812-3102 for a free and confidential virtual consultation today to discuss your unique needs, concerns, or situation when it comes to any kind of family law matter.

Brick and Sea Girt Attorneys Offer Virtual Consultations to Serve Clients

We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters

How Can I Reach A Lawyer in New Jersey if I Can’t Leave the House?As the world comes to terms with the spread of the coronavirus, countless New Jersey citizens asked to practice “social-distancing” and “shelter in place” are in dire need of legal services, and are finding it challenging to find experienced and flexible legal counsel able to meet their unique needs amid the growing pandemic. Attorneys prepared for what is in many ways a new legal landscape know that in this digital age, it’s possible to provide legal services in a safe and convenient way without compromising on quality.

At The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, located in Brick, New Jersey, we believe legal services should be accessible at everyone’s fingertips and clients should be able to get the services of an attorney even without an initial physical meeting. We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters (i.e., Alimony and Spousal Support, Child Support, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Criminal Charges, and Municipal Court summons, Real-Estate ventures, and Wills, Trusts & Estates). We understand and believe that each client is different, with distinctive needs and goals, and as such, unique strategies must be crafted for each case in order to favorably settle them for our clients.

Our lawyers are prepared to protect your rights and are ready to arrange convenient, virtual meetings via Skype, WhatsApp video, FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, Clio Connect or Legaler to discuss how we can best support you and meet your legal needs.

How Do I Schedule a Virtual Legal Consultation with a Bronzino Law Firm Attorney?

From the comfort of your home or office and with the convenience of your smartphone, laptop or tablet, you can arrange to speak with a lawyer from The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, to answer your legal questions or issues. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your case in a free and confidential consultation today, you can:

How Do I Schedule a Virtual Legal Consultation with a Bronzino Law Firm, LLC Attorney?1) Contact us online or

2) Call our Brick or Sea Girt offices at (732) 812-3102 or

3) Direct Message (DM) us over Twitter or Facebook or Linkedin

To schedule a call and free 20-minute virtual consultation/meet up to discuss your family law needs. During the consultation feel free to ask questions, as we will discuss the best plan to protect your rights and future going forward.

We believe in keeping our clients informed and involved in the legal process and are prepared to use various technologies in order to do so. By having up-to-date and detailed information about your case, you can make the best possible decisions for your family’s future.

CONTACT A BRICK, NJ FAMILY LAW LAWYER

Serving Families across Monmouth County and Ocean County towns including Neptune, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Toms River, Brick, Asbury Park, Wall, and more

Across all areas of Family Law, our lawyers can answer your questions today. Our attention to detail and priority to the attorney-client relationship often leads to outcomes that are both beneficial and personalized to the individual needs and concerns of our clients and their families. Our experienced attorneys work to resolve legal conflicts outside of the courtroom when possible, but will never hesitate to aggressively litigate and defend our clients’ legal rights when necessary.

Call our Brick or Sea Girt Bronzino Law, LLC office at (732) 812-3102  for a free and confidential virtual consultation today to discuss your unique needs, concerns, or situation when it comes to any kind of family law matter.

Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Charges Attorney in Brick and Sea Girt NJ

Serving Clients Charged at a DUI Checkpoint in Point Pleasant, Toms River, Spring Lake, Wall, and across Ocean and Monmouth Counties

Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Charges Attorney in Brick and Sea Girt NJRecently there have been many questions around the constitutionality of sobriety checkpoints in New Jersey. Be that as it may, they are a tool currently being used by law enforcement in order to reduce injuries and deaths that occur on our roads caused by drivers who are under the influence. The truth for most drivers is that facing sobriety checkpoints can be unnerving, even when you haven’t had a drop to drink. Knowing the best way to handle a sobriety checkpoint can help you protect your rights and your future.

Studies conducted by the American Beverage Institute have shown the practice of setting up sobriety checkpoints has been a useful tool to discourage drunk driving. Put simply, a sobriety checkpoint is police traffic stops where officers are set up on a roadway to stop vehicles randomly to check for drug or alcohol-impaired drivers. Frequently these checkpoints are set up during times when it is statistically shown that driving under the influence commonly occurs such as on holidays or late on weekend nights.

Sobriety Checkpoints at the Jersey Shore – Overview

At a sobriety checkpoint, police stop and interview each car as it comes down the road. Often they use traffic cones or other portable reflective signs in order to indicate that traffic must stop. Drivers are usually asked to lower their windows and produce their driver’s licenses, proof of insurance as well as their vehicle registration. The officer will then proceed to ask a series of questions to evaluate your current state of sobriety.

The officer at that point conducts a battery of initial sobriety tests. Should an officer suspect that a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol due to the smell of alcohol, seeing open containers of alcohol or slurred speech, further investigation may ensue. These tests can include physical coordination tests as well as mental coherency tests.

If the driver fails the above-mentioned tests, the officer may ask the driver to perform a breathalyzer test. It is important to know that, by law, police officers may not subject drivers to undergo these sobriety tests unless there is valid suspicion of alcohol or drug impairment. The implied consent law states that drivers using New Jersey roads are required to submit to breath, blood and urine testing if a police officer has probable cause to believe they are intoxicated. You do have the right to refuse, but there are consequences for doing so. New Jersey law N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.4(a) outlines those consequences clearly.

What are the signs of DUI that Police Look for at a Sobriety Checkpoint?

There are many physical signs of intoxication that police are trained to spot.   These include:

  • Blurry or bloodshot eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Dilated pupils
  • The inability to speak in complete sentences
  • An odor of alcohol or drugs emanating from the car or the driver
  • Open alcohol containers or drug paraphernalia in the car
  • Inappropriate or suspicious behavior

 

What are your rights and responsibilities at a sobriety checkpoint?

Contrary to a great deal of information on the internet, both Federal laws and New Jersey laws permit sobriety checkpoints. However, law enforcement officers must follow designated protocols.

Checkpoints must be scheduled, visible, and the public must be notified

Checkpoints cannot be set up randomly or simple for the purpose of stopping certain individuals. Supervisors must authorize the planning and conduct of the checkpoint ahead of time. That means police officers are not allowed to set up a sobriety check randomly at will to surprise the public. Checkpoints must be very visible and the public must be given notice. It has been shown that when people know ahead of time that officers will be out conducting sobriety checkpoints, they are more conscientious about refraining from driving under the influence.

You are not required to answer all questions or submit to search of your vehicle

Because New Jersey and Federal law makes these checkpoints legal, most people assume they have no choice but to answer all questions and participate in all tests at a sobriety checkpoint. This is simply not the case. You are required by law to provide the appropriate documentation when requested, including your vital information. However, you don’t have to answer other questions. Furthermore, you are well within your rights to refuse to allow officers to inspect your vehicle.

Other rights afforded to motorist at sobriety checkpoints include:

  • The right to have your lawyer present before answering any questions
  • Miranda rights if police arrest you
  • A reasonable opportunity to secure property if taken into custody
  • The right to asserting your desire to leave if you are not under arrest

Failure to Follow Checkpoint Laws Could Get the Case Thrown Out

What are your rights and responsibilities at a sobriety checkpoint?It is important to remember that the laws that govern sobriety checkpoints are not only for the motorist but for police as well. If the police do not follow the law and you are arrested a judge could throw the charges out in court.

For example, when performing physical field sobriety tests it must take place on a level, well-paved stretch of pavement in order to ensure that uneven surfaces do not negatively impact the outcome. Furthermore, law enforcement officers must calibrate breathalyzer machines to exact specifications. The officer who performs the breath test must also be certified to do so. Breathalyzer machines that haven’t been properly maintained and calibrated have been known to give a false-positive reading.

If you or someone you know has been arrested at a field sobriety checkpoint it is critical to contact and consult an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Brick and Sea Girt NJ DUI and Sobriety Checkpoint Defense Lawyer Today

Being charged with DUI is no small matter. At Bronzino Law Firm, our legal team is experienced in defending the rights of our clients arrested at sobriety checkpoints for DUI across Point Pleasant, Toms River, Spring Lake, Wall, and Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

If you have been charged with a DUI, please contact a member of our legal team today to schedule a comprehensive and confidential consultation to review your case. Reach out to us for a free and confidential consultation; please fill out the online form, or give us a call at our Brick, NJ office at (732) 812-3102.; we look forward to protecting your legal rights.

Signs Police Officers Look for to Determine Impairment from Drugs and Alcohol

Providing Legal Advice to Clients Facing DUI in towns throughout Ocean County towns such as Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey

Signs Police Officers Look for to Determine Impairment from Drugs and AlcoholGetting a DUI in New Jersey is a very serious matter. Law enforcement officers and courts do not take DUI offenses lightly. In recent years there has been a special emphasis on police undergoing training to identify the signs that a motorist is driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol. There are more than 100 visual cues that indicate whether a driver has been using a substance that can impair their abilities before driving. The ability to spot these dangerous drivers on the road has the potential to save lives and reduce DUI offenses. These efforts have been largely successful. According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes decreased by 1.1 percent from 10,996 in 2016 to 10,874 in 2017.

It can be helpful in avoiding confusion if drivers know the things that police will be looking for in order to avoid misunderstanding and misidentification of driving while impaired.  These include but are not limited to:

Improper Lane Usage/Weaving

One of the most easily recognizable indicators of drunk driving is weaving between traffic and failure to stay within your driving lane. It has been well documented that being under the influence of alcohol makes it difficult to maintain a vehicle on a steady course in addition to lowering an individual’s overall awareness.

The red flags those officers look for include:

  • A driver veering into a lane when it is not safe to do so
  • Driver who demonstrate a lack of awareness of other vehicles
  • Driver who fail to maintain a steady course in the center of a lane
  • Vehicles that are swerving or making sharp turns
  • A driver who is weaving in and out of lanes and other vehicles

When an officer witnesses someone driving in such a manner, they will more than likely stop that vehicle for further investigation.  However, it is important to note that these same behaviors can be caused by fatigued or distracted drivers who are not under the influence.  Driving should not be done under these circumstances as it can be as dangerous as driving while under the influence.

Lack of Awareness for Other Road Users/Traffic Signs

In order to be sure our roads are safe for everyone, it is critically important to be aware of what other road users are doing and to pay attention to traffic signs. Seeing a driver that shows a lack of awareness of their surroundings is grounds to suspect a DUI.

Indications of a lack of awareness include:

  • Not seeing or ignoring stop signs and other traffic signals
  • Pulling out in front of other vehicles in such a manner as to force them to avoid a collision
  • Driving in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic
  • Driving notably too slow or too fast for the speed limit
  • Using the incorrect turn signals when turning

Demonstrating a lack of awareness for others on the road may make you are a potential threat to yourself and others. However, lack of awareness is not always caused by DUI. Causes can include being distracted while driving as well as poor weather conditions.

Rapid acceleration or Erratic Breaking

It is well known that being under the influence of alcohol compromises a person’s ability to judge speed and distance as well as lowering reaction time. This can often be seen when accelerating or stopping a vehicle.

Common indicators that can raise a police officer’s suspicion that someone is under the influence include:

  • Harsh or dramatic breaking when coming to a stop or for no apparent reason
  • Speeding up suddenly or erratically
  • Dramatic speed fluctuations
  • Driving faster than the legal speed limit

Breaking erratically can potentially cause harm to others sharing the road in the form of rear-end collisions especially under adverse weather conditions. Though accidental breaking and inadvertent rapid acceleration are not unheard of, they can still be potentially dangerous to other drivers on the road.

Using a Vehicle Improperly

DUI Traffic Stop Attorneys and What the Police Are Looking ForA motor vehicle can be inherently dangerous when not used in the proper manner. Improper use is often a clear sign that someone is impaired. Though a driver may be able to control their vehicle and drive within the correct speed limits, other signs may raise suspicion of a DUI.

Some of the common actions that raise law enforcement concern that a driver may be under the influence include:

  • Using the wrong turning signal
  • Driving at night without headlights
  • Prolonged driving with the windshield wipers on in dry conditions
  • Driving with a flat tire

Though many of these things may seem mostly benign, when taken into account with other factors, they may cause an officer to feel that further investigation is warranted.

DUI Traffic Stop Attorneys and What the Police Are Looking For

Once an officer finds that there is sufficient cause to stop a driver on suspicion of DUI there are some common signs a police officer will look at to confirm their suspicions. These include:

  • Difficulty with answering basic questions or giving incorrect or evasive answers
  • The smell of alcohol on the driver or coming from the vehicle
  • Seeing open alcoholic beverages in the vehicle
  • Slurred or incoherent speech
  • Poor hand-eye coordination and mobility

Any of the above-mentioned conditions is cause for an officer to ask you to submit to a breathalyzer exam or a field sobriety check. However, it is important that officers remember that many of the causes listed above can have benign reasons. For example, an apparent difficulty in answering questions can be caused by nervousness and slurred speech can be caused by medical conditions or speech impediments. Moreover, many mouthwashes use alcohol, the smell of which can cause an officer to believe that you have been drinking.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI it is critical that you seek good and experienced legal representation.

Consult Peter Bronzino at Our Brick Or Sea Girt Office Locations

At Peter J. Bronzino our team of attorneys is experienced in supporting and fiercely representing our clients who are facing DUI charges in Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey.  No matter your situation you don’t have to confront it alone.

To connect with our firm today in a confidential and comprehensive assessment of your case, please fill out the online form or through our Brick offices at (732) 812-3102.

DUI Lawyer Brick, NJ: Impact of Arrest and Conviction on Mental Health

Serving Clients in towns across Monmouth and Ocean Counties including our Brick, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Wall, and Spring Lake office locations.

DUI Lawyer Brick, NJ: Impact of Arrest and Conviction on Mental HealthIf you or a loved one are arrested for a DUI/DWI you may not only face court charges, but your mental health may suffer from the effects of the stigma that surrounds driving under the influence. Though some states may differentiate between driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) (i.e., impaired driving while high on drugs or prescription medication), New Jersey does not. Drivers are charged under NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-50 and face the associated penalties regardless of what was causing the impairment. For an innocent person, the uncertainty can be nerve-wracking. Because you can face fines, jail time, increased insurance premiums, electronic monitoring/house arrest, or an IID, being charged with a DUI/DWI in the State of New Jersey can be life-shattering.

If you´re lucky, a Pre-trial Intervention Program (PTI) may be possible. But the stigma of a criminal conviction as part of your permanent record can make future job searches and continuing your education more challenging. If you provide for yourself or your family or want to continue on the positive life path you´re on, you should consider talking to an experienced DUI/DWI attorney, to try and fight your conviction.

The Social Consequences of a DUI/DWI Arrest or Conviction in Brick, NJ

It’s not illegal for adults to drive after drinking alcoholic beverages. The crime of drunk driving occurs only when the person’s blood-alcohol level has exceeded the current numerical standard (0.08%) or when the person has demonstrated bad driving that can be causally connected to impairment due to a high blood-alcohol level.  Drivers may blame themselves, because they had something to drink, or were unaware that their prescription medicine for PTSD, stress or depression (i.e., or a Schedule II or III controlled substance) could have a negative interaction with something they ate or drank. Either way, they may not have thought that what they consumed was enough to impair their judgment.

It’s important to remember that symptoms or effects of alcohol are different for each person and these effects can appear suddenly or a while later, depending on the person.

Distracted and reckless driving can be just as dangerous to life and property as an impaired driver, but due to the long and turbulent history of alcohol within our society, public opinion is different. Whether your DUI/DWI is posted on the social media feeds of friends, becomes the topic of local news or the regional crime blotter, people are often shamed by others who lack the facts of the situation, especially if a driver never exceeded the state alcohol limit. Attempting to explain the situation or have others consider how unreliable field sobriety tests are or breathalyzers can be, or even how as humans police officers can make mistakes too, is a waste of time.

Is There a Link Between Mental Health Issues and Repeat DUI/DWI Offenders?

A Havard Medical School study found that 45% of all repeat DUI/DWI offenders have a “major” mental health disorder, including PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, and stress disorder.  Because there is still a great deal of social stigma and self-perceived shame attached to these disorders, it may be challenging to try to change negative perceptions, especially if your family, friends, or co-workers are unaware of your condition. Because mental health issues are often kept private, a sudden revelation to those closest to you may worsen how you cope with both and lead to additional self-destructive behavior, isolation, and internalized shame.

Many mental health professionals believe that by properly assessing the mental health of a DUI/DWI offender, law enforcement can choose the program best suited for treating that particular individual and reducing their chances of reoffending.

Do I have to Tell My Employer About My DUI/DUI Arrest in NJ?

A DUI/DWI arrest or charge is not the same as a conviction; which results from a finding or admission of guilt. If you have a company car or your company policy requires you to inform them of a DUI arrest, you should comply.

Under most circumstances, people generally prefer to keep the matter private while it is being resolved. If the arrest does not result in a conviction, then it could have minimal impact on your job. If you are applying for a position and you fail to disclose it, a resulting background check could reveal it or it could come to light after you’re hired, and may result in your immediate dismissal.

If you wish to discuss it, you want to express that it was poor judgment, that you learned from the experience and any therapy, treatment or classes that helped you.

How Can I Be Charged With a DUI in Sea Girt, NJ, When I Don’t Even Drink?

How Can I Be Charged With a DUI in Sea Girt, NJ, When I Don’t Even Drink?In New Jersey, any driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs can be charged with a DUI.  Even if you’re taking doctor-prescribed medication, the police can charge you with a motor vehicle offense and subject you to the same penalties as if you were driving drunk or under the influence of an illegal substance. It’s not fair to charge someone following their doctor’s orders but it happens daily to numerous unsuspecting people. This is often best illustrated by adults or even young people who may be taking doctor-prescribed medication for epilepsy or ADHD, but are charged with a “baby DUI/DWI.” Drivers under the age of 21 with any amount of alcohol in their bloodstream or while under the influence, can be charged under NJ’s Zero Tolerance law.

Adults and young people may be embarrassed and afraid of the impact this may have on their partners or parents, or worry about their disappointment, anger or even being punished. If you are a partner or parent, your loved one charged with a DUI/DWI deserves the best legal representation for their criminal case and/or administrative license suspension hearing. Depending on the circumstances, it may be unjust for them to suffer through fines, the loss of driving privileges, probation, face jail time or other potentially life-altering charges.

Contact our Experienced Toms River DUI/DWI Defense Attorneys Today

At the Bronzino Law Firm, we understand the gravity that these charges carry and we are here to protect your rights and provide you with the experienced counsel that you need to navigate the legal system and mitigate the impact on your life. We take pride in serving the local community by offering highly personalized legal services in towns across Monmouth and Ocean Counties including our Brick, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Wall, and Spring Lake office locations.

Call us today at (732) 812-3102 or fill out a contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Underage Driving and Drinking Penalties in Ocean and Monmouth Counties

Criminal Attorneys Handling Underage DWI or Possession Charges with offices in Brick and Sea Girt NJ

Underage Driving and Drinking Penalties in Ocean and Monmouth CountyIn the State of New Jersey, as in the rest of the United States, it is illegal for a minor to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol. Furthermore, minors cannot get behind the wheel of a car after consuming any amount of alcohol. In other words, even one beer could lead to charges for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) for a minor and a conviction will carry severe life-changing penalties. A DWI conviction could potentially affect their ability to get into a good college or apply for a high-paying job.

If your child has been charged with DWI they will need an experienced and skilled DWI traffic attorney on their side from the very beginning. While in private practice, Peter Bronzino served as Law Guardian representing the interests of minor children under the care and supervision of the Division of Children Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). In addition, he has been appointed by the court to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for children in the middle of custody battles. This speaks for his care and concern about juvenile cases. Contact him and his team at 732-812-3102 to schedule an appointment to protect the rights of your loved ones.

“Baby DWI´s” Common at the Jersey Shore

Though many prosecutors may refer to underage DWIs as “Baby DWIs,” they are by no means child’s play. Given the rise in fatal traffic accidents in New Jersey involving minors, when it comes to Baby DWIs, prosecutors tend to be very unforgiving, often seeking maximum penalties that can include driver’s license suspension, community service, and expensive alcohol education classes.

It is important to remember that it is extremely easy for a juvenile to be charged with drunk driving. Though the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) in New Jersey is .08 percent for adults, a juvenile who registers a BAC above .01 percent can be charged with an underage DWI. In other words, just one drink is enough to put a minor above the legal limit. Furthermore, a minor can still be charged with an adult DWI, which carries extreme punishments that may include jail time, if they post a BAC above .08 percent.

What Should I Do if my Child is Charged with DWI?

Though in almost all cases the child may be embarrassed and afraid or the parents may be disappointed and angry it is important to handle these situations correctly.  Some parents may even feel that their child may need to learn a lesson; however, the court is the wrong place to discipline your child. It is strongly recommended that the parents of any minor charged with DWI hire the very best lawyer to represent their child in both the DUI criminal case and administrative license suspension hearing.

Here are other things you should consider:

  • If your child has been arrested for DUI, it’s likely they have already spent 6-24 hours in jail, had their car impounded, been handcuffed and fingerprinted, and experienced a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, and embarrassment. In most cases, this traumatic experience is enough to allow them to learn the gravity and danger of what they did.
  • A New Jersey DUI conviction may impact a person’s life for many years, especially financially. Not only with higher insurance premiums but also because a criminal conviction for a DUI can hinder someone from getting a job, prevent admission to certain schools as well as disqualify them from certain financial scholarships and professional licensing.
  • If your child is convicted of DUI, the conviction will be on their criminal history even into adulthood.
  • There’s no expungement of a DWI / DUI conviction in New Jersey. Expungements are limited to criminal offenses, and since DWI / DUI in New Jersey is a traffic offense and not a criminal offense, a conviction for DWI / DUI cannot be expunged from a driving record.
  • Many colleges and private schools impose disciplinary actions for students charged with DUI’s or underage alcohol consumption that are separate from the DUI criminal case.
  • Failure to request an administrative license suspension hearing within 30 days of the arrest, or loss of that hearing, will make your child unable to drive legally for a number of months, possibly a year or more.
  • It is important to remember that your child needs you and your support, especially at times like these.

Contact a Toms River DWI and Criminal Law Attorney Today

Though you may be disappointed with your child’s poor judgement it is critical to have effective legal representation as soon as possible. An experienced DWI traffic attorney can give you and your child the advice you need to safeguard your child’s future.

If your child close underage relative is facing DWI charges, it is critical that you hire a criminal defense attorney. The actions taken today can impact the consequences in the near future. Seek professional advice for your child and protect his/her rights. Peter Bronzino knows how to handle juvenile crimes cases and is willing to work hard by your side. Call us at 732-812-3102 to schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located offices either in Brick and Sea Girt or also feel to fill out the online form and we´ll be in touch with you shortly.

Failing to Appear in Ocean or Monmouth County Courts

Serving Brick, Sea Girt, Toms River, and Wall Township and across the Jersey Shore

failure to appear arrest warrant jail court oder failure to respond to summons bench warrant court fine contempt of court Bronzino Law Firm LLCIn New Jersey, a notice to appear is an official court order and should not be ignored. There can be serious consequences for failing to appear in court on a scheduled court date or to respond to a summons in a criminal offense or motor vehicle violation.  What could have initially seemed to have been a simple parking ticket, traffic violation, or minor civil disturbance matter can evolve into a loss of driving privileges, court fees, the issuance of a warrant, revocation of bail, contempt of court charges, and even detention while you await trial. 

No matter the reason, once a summons date has passed the issue is escalated, and the court or the judge has a greater amount of discretion to take. This includes issuing a bench warrant that authorizes police to make an immediate arrest. In addition, as part of the court record, bench warrants will likely show up on future background checks, even if the defendant is found guilty of failing to appear in a criminal matter, and is later acquitted of the underlying criminal charges.

Significant and unexpected events can happen in life, which may prevent someone from being able to make their court appearance. Open and honest communication with one´s legal counsel can help prevent any misunderstandings, arrest warrants, contempt fines, or jail time away from their loved ones.

Failure to Appear in Court: New Jersey Court Rule 7:8-9

Under New Jersey Court Rule 7:8-9, a judge can convict someone for failing to appear or respond to a court summons if:

  • there is sufficient evidence that the person had proper notice of the trial date, and
  • the court determines that the person intentionally did not come to court.

Potential Defenses for Failing to Appear in Court in Monmouth County, NJ

You will need to prove to the judge that a serious emergency physically prevented you from getting to court or responding to your summons. Potentially acceptable reasons may include:

  • not being notified of the court date and time
  • a previously scheduled court appearance
  • a serious accident or illness
  • a natural disaster
  • a death in the family

Invalid Reasons for Failure to Appear in Court in Toms River, NJ

You:

  • moved and did not notify the court of your address change.
  • forgot.
  • thought the judge waived your appearance.
  • had to work.
  • were stuck in traffic.

Your car broke down.

The weather was bad.

I Missed My Court Date. What Now?

If you or someone you love in New Jersey, missed a court date for a traffic violation or a criminal offense or is trying to resolve a license suspension, arrest warrant, or an outstanding case, it is vital that you consult an experienced attorney who can best present your unique circumstances and explain your missed court appearance. Thus, possibly minimizing or avoiding any resulting penalties. This attorney should also be someone who can provide a strong defense of the underlying charges and increase the chances of an acquittal or reduction to a lesser charge.

CONTACT US AT OUR BRICK OR SEA GIRT OFFICE LOCATIONS

One of our lawyers is ready to provide a free case evaluation today!

The Bronzino Law Firm has decades of experience defending clients against traffic citations and criminal charges in Ocean and Monmouth County towns such as Wall, Jackson, Point Pleasant, Sea Girt, and the surrounding communities. 

We believe that by communicating honestly with our clients and keeping them well informed, we can find realistic and effective solutions for any legal matter. Attorney Peter J. Bronzino has built his practice based on the belief that each one of his clients deserves compassionate, highly attentive, and effective legal counsel.

Whether you are facing a failure to appear charge related to a traffic violation, a disorderly person offense, or a city ordinance violation, our law firm can help you to negotiate with local courts, protect your rights, and ensure the future of you and your family.

Speak with Peter Bronzino and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation. Please contact us online, or through either our Brick or Sea Girt, NJ offices at (732) 812-3102.

Monmouth and Ocean County DUI/DWI Attorneys Review the Effects of Alcohol and Facing a DUI/DWI

Effects of Alcohol and Facing a DUI Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Because of the quantity and possibly disastrous consequences of drunk driving accidents law enforcement often aggressive enforce drunk driving laws in Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey. Most people who contest DWI charges will state that they did not feel drunk or consumed too little to be considered intoxicated. Contrary to popular belief determining level of intoxication it is not an exact science as the effects of alcohol can vary from person to person. However, it is important to remember that being charged with DWI is no small matter.

The lawyers of The Bronzino Law Firm have experience defending clients who are facing DWI charges in in towns like Toms River, Brick, Point Pleasant, Ocean, Manasquan, and across the Jersey Shore. We will help you through the often complicated legal process with the goal of defending your freedom, your finances as well as your driving privileges.

Contact us online or call us at 732-812-3102 today for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our experienced and skilled legal team.

The Effects of Alcohol Intoxication Brick DWI Attorneys

When alcohol is consumed, it is absorbed directly into the blood. Unlike when you eat food, there is no digestive process where alcohol is processed in your stomach before entering your bloodstream. This is why the effects of alcohol are so quickly felt. This is very important to remember if you plan to drive soon after drinking. You may feel not feel intoxicated when you begin driving and then quickly begin feeling “buzzed” after you have started driving.

Intoxication is scientifically defined as a state in which a person’s mental and physical abilities are impaired by any substance including alcohol. This is usually expressed as a percentage, known as blood alcohol concentration (BAC).The legal limit for intoxication in New Jersey is 0.08%, which legally allowed to be determined by a breathalyzer, a blood test, or a urinalysis.

It is well known that alcohol may have affects on your level of self-control, your judgment, and your behavior. However, it also has significant affects the four main systems in your body: cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, and excretory systems. The effects on each is very different:

  • The cardiovascular system: blood will flow away from the internal organs toward the surface of the skin, lowering your core body temperature. In addition both heart rate and blood pressure increase.
  • The nervous system: the activity in your brain slows down, making reflexes and decision making slower as well. Moreover, you are less coordinated, sensations are weaker, and perception is unclear.
  • The digestive system: too much alcohol in your stomach may cause vomiting and digestive cramping.
  • The excretory system: the kidneys produce more urine causing frequent urination, which can lead to dehydration

One must remember that these symptoms are different for each person.  It is also important to remember that these effects can come on quickly or slowly, depending on the person.

Facing a DWI in Monmouth County NJ

Police officers typically use the standard breath testing device in New Jersey which is the Alcotest 7110 manufactured by Draeger. If you are suspected of operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, an officer can ask you to submit to a breath test. Under New Jersey’s Implied Consent Law, you implicitly agree to take a breath test by operating a motor vehicle. If the breath test or any other examination finds you over the limit you will be charged with DWI.

Should you do find yourself charged with a DWI in New Jersey, the penalties you face are severe. They include loss of driver’s licence, fines and even jail time.  These are all more severe for repeat offenders. An experienced and skilled DWI attorney is critical at such a time.

Contact our Experienced Brick and Sea Girt DWI Attorneys Today

The drunk driving defense attorneys of The Bronzino Law Firm have extensive experience defending clients charged with DWI as well as those injured by drunk drivers in Ocean and Monmouth County towns including Toms River, Brick, Point Pleasant, Ocean, Manasquan, and across the Jersey Shore. Our firm believes in aggressively defending our clients charged with DWI. And for those injured by drunk drivers, pursuing compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, incidental expenses, and much more. You can rely on the experience we have coupled with the care we take with each case we handle. 

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your case, please contact us online or through our Brick or Sea Girt NJ offices by dialing 732-812-3102  today.