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Is a DWI a Crime in NJ?

So, you’ve been arrested for a DWI and you want to know what you’re up against. You want to know if it’s a crime? You’re wondering if your DWI charge will result in a criminal conviction.

Your concern is real…
You know that a criminal conviction can have a devastating effect on your career, your future,
but most importantly your reputation.

You know that it was wrong to drink and drive but you’re not a criminal.
You made a mistake, but should you get a criminal record for it?

Here’s a great article on NJ Crime Degrees.

NJ DUI lawyer

A DWI or DUI is a Traffic Offense in NJ

Take a break from all of your worrying and let us explain.

You see, in NJ a DWI is NOT a crime, it’s a traffic offense.

If you plead guilty or are found guilty of a DWI in NJ, you will not get a criminal record.

Practice Tip: The only way to get rid of a criminal conviction is with an Expungement.

If you are convicted of a DWI in NJ, you will not get a criminal record because NJ does not consider a DWI to be a crime.

However, you do need to know that a DWI will go on your driving record & it will never come off.

Click here to learn more about DWI penalties in NJ.

Best way to avoid getting a DWI

The best way to avoid getting a DWI on your record is by fighting it from day one.
Depending on the facts of your case, you may have a strong legal defense
Maybe you have what we call an “Operation” defense.
This means that maybe you weren’t even driving.
Perhaps, you were sleeping in your car when the police arrested you.
There are many defenses available & each case is different.

After we review your case, you may decide to take your case to trial.
In case you’re wondering whether NJ has Jury Trials on DWI cases, read this article.
“Does NJ Have Jury Trials in DWI cases?”

We’ve helped a lot of people with their DWI charges.

Come meet with us and Let us help you.
We will review the facts of your case and answer any questions you have.
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About the Author

Attorney Alan G. Peyrouton

Attorney At Law

Mr. Peyrouton is a Criminal Defense Attorney located in Hackensak, NJ.

His articles in the areas of Criminal Law have been published in The New Jersey Law Journal.

He is a distinguished author, trial attorney, and has had the privilege of arguing before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Peyrouton was a world-class, competitive tennis player.

He is perfectly fluent in Spanish.

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