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Being charged with Driving While Intoxicated or Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test is a serious charge that can result in steep fines and a licenses suspension. The Law Office of Robert W. Ratish can help represent you in DWI matters to help identify defenses that you may be able to claim, or to minimize the impact of a DWI conviction.

In New Jersey, a first time DWI can carry with it a license suspension of from three months to a year, and up to 30 days in prison. Those penalties increase with subsequent offenses. A court may also order participation in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, and an interlock device following a licenses suspension.

Drivers with a Commercial Drivers License risk license suspension if convicted of DWI. A first offense can result in a one year CDL suspension in addition to the suspension imposed on a basic driver’s license. A second conviction cam mean the permanent revocation of a CDL. Your livelihood depends on your CDL, and the Law Office of Robert W. Ratish can help.

The penalties may also be reduced in cases of underage DWI. It is important to have an attorney advocating for you to help determine the possible penalties and decide on the best possible course of action.

The Law Office of Robert W. Ratish will also handle DWI appeals. DWI cases are heard at the municipal court in the town where the summons was issued. In New Jersey, any appeal must be heard first at the county superior court. That superior court’s decision may further be appealed to the state Appellate Division.

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    • August 6, 2018
      Marcelo C.
      I highly recommend this practice. My case and options were explained accurately and in a manner which I could understand. My questions throughout my case were answered in a timely manner which I really appreciated. Thank you once again Mr. Ratish. Sincerely, M. Cabrera
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