In most cases you can. Of course, you must have a valid driver’s license for you to continue driving while you are waiting for your Court date. Like all criminal matters, you as the driver are presumed innocent until found guilty. However, DUI and DWI charges are among the most serious of all motor vehicle violations. Not only will you be facing a mandatory suspension of your driving privileges if found guilty, but you will have to pay a fine and substantial money surcharges to New Jersey. And, depending on the circumstances, you may also be sentenced to jail time. Finally, if guilty, you can expect your auto insurance rates to increase substantially.
Unfortunately, some individuals are charged with a subsequent Driving While
Intoxicated. If a motorist is charged with a 2nd “D.W.I.” infraction they are
subjected to more severe consequences, some of which are non negotiable. If an individual is convicted of a 2nd “D.W.I.”, they face a monetary fine up to $1,000, shall be ordered to perform community service for a period of 30 days, sentenced to 2 days Jail which can not be served through probation nor suspended but can be extended to 90 days and shall forfeit their right to operate a motor vehicle for a mandatory period of 2 years. In addition, for a 2nd violation of “DW.I.” an individual shall be required to install an ignition interlock device or shall have their registration certificate and plates revoked for 2 years
An individual who is charged with a 3rd Driving While Intoxicated faces extremely dire penal consequences. If an individual is convicted of a 3rd “D.W.I.”, they face a minimum monetary fine of $1,000, shall be sentenced to a term of 180 days in County Jail (of which 90 days must be served prior to making application to serve remaining 90 days at an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation), and shall forfeit their right to operate a motor vehicle for a mandatory period of 10 years. In addition, for a 3rd violation of “D.W.I.” an individual shall be required to install an ignition interlock device or shall have their registration certificate and plates revoked for 10 years.
Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq has New Jersey DWI defense attorneys who specialize in representing persons charged with DUIs and DWIs.
I was injured at work and I am unable to work. Can I receive any payments before my Workers’ Compensation case is settled?
Yes, in almost all cases you can. As long as you were injured at work while in the scope of your employment and you’re under active care by an authorized physician, one of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq’s workers’ comp attorneys will ensure that you receive the temporary disability benefits to which you are entitled. The weekly amount you receive will depend upon the amount you were making at the time you were injured. You may even be eligible for these benefits if your injury happened away from your workplace. For example, if you were driving somewhere while doing an errand for your boss and were hurt in an automobile accident, you would receive temporary disability payments even if the accident was your fault.
My husband and I are always arguing and I don’t feel our marriage is worth saving. Can I leave home with our children and if I do, will I lose my share of our house?
Yes, while it is legal for you to leave home with your children, you can’t move out of New Jersey with your kids unless you have your spouse’s written permission to do so. And since you are moving from home with minor children, you must inform your spouse of your address and phone number. If you move out, you will not automatically lose your legal interest in the marital home. Equitable distribution of marital property is awarded at the time of divorce. However, these matters are not “cut and dry” and that is why it is best to meet with one of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq’s family law attorneys – before leaving home if possible – so you can be fully informed of your rights and obligations. Certain matters will need to be resolved such as your spouse’s support obligations and visitation rights. Your spouse also has a right to seek custody of the children or to seek their return to the marital home. Also, if you leave home, it is quite possible that you will not be allowed to return pending final divorce. It is almost always best to resolve these issues by mutual agreement if possible; and it is strongly recommended that you are represented by a lawyer when doing so. However, should your spouse become violent or threaten you with harm, you should call 911 and get a temporary restraining order.