Have you or a family member been charged with a DUI/DWI? If so, you owe it to yourself and your family to have experienced counsel by your side. You need the sound counsel of a highly competent attorney familiar with the municipal and criminal court system. The experienced attorneys at Malamut & Associates can help you. Contact Malamut & Associates today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.

Do not take a DUI/DWI charge lightly. A conviction can have very serious consequences. The attorneys of Malamut & Associates have handled thousands of DUI matters both from the defense’s and the prosecution’s tables. Malamut & Associates has retired county prosecutors, current municipal court prosecutors, and career defense lawyers at our disposal. We all collaborate to get our clients the best possible results. Our attorneys are well versed in every possible DUI defense. Were you aware that some medical conditions or common medications could provide a successful defense? This is just an example of the many affirmative defenses at our disposal. Our valuable experience as municipal prosecutors provides us vital insights into your defense. No firm can guide you through the system better than Malamut & Associates. Before retaining another law firm, you owe it to yourself to speak to us and see what we can do for you. If you are already talking to another lawyer, ask them if they have the same level of seasoned experienced that we have in our conference room. We guarantee they do not. No other firm can offer our unique mix of experience and knowledge to your defense.

At Malamut & Associates, we know how frustrating the municipal court experience can be. We are committed to representing the rights of individuals facing the municipal court system. We understand that good people sometimes make mistakes; we won’t judge you. We can help you.

Drunk driving is referred to as DUI or DWI with no distinguishing terminology by most individuals. The terms have been tossed around so much that the interchangeability appears to be ubiquitous. However, DUI and DWI can mean something different depending on the state in which you have been charged.

Both DUI and DWI refer to driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The difference between the two lies in what the acronyms stand for. DUI stands for “driving under the influence”, and DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated”. Despite what appears to be the same thing, there are states that classify them as separate and unique offenses.

DUI is the lesser charge only in the states that differentiate. A DUI will denote an offense with a lesser degree of impairment than a DWI. In these states, a plea bargain to drop DWI to the lesser DUI is possible via plea bargain.

Zero Tolerance States

There are some states, including New Jersey, that have created a zero tolerance policy driving while drunk or under influence of drugs. These states have no distinction between a DUI and DWI. Anything over the legal limit is the same crime.

DUI in New Jersey

New Jersey makes no distinction between DWI/DUI. If intoxicated while driving in New Jersey, DUI is the only offense.

What is Drunk Driving in New Jersey?

According to the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, the only scientific way to determine whether a driver is under the influence is through blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Your BAC can be tested with a simple Breathalyzer test.

In New Jersey, a person with a BAC of 0.08% or greater who operates a motor vehicle or a boat is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI). What will happen to me if I get a DUI in New Jersey?
Being convicted of a DUI is a serious offense, carrying heavy penalties that include but are not limited to the following list.
  • Fines, fees and surcharges
  • License suspension
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Jail time
  • Community service
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We offer free consultations in person at our Cherry Hill, NJ office, or we can come to you. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not pay any attorney fees at all unless we secure recovery compensation on your behalf. If we are not the appropriate firm to help you, we will offer counsel as to your best options. A representative of the firm can be reached at (856)424-1808, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We look forward to meeting you.