The Role of Alcohol Education and Treatment Programs in DWI Cases

Were you arrested for intoxicated driving in New Jersey? You need to take proactive steps to protect your rights. While not technically a criminal violation, a DWI is a serious traffic matter that carries stiff penalties, potentially including jail time. Our state puts an emphasis on rehabilitation—especially for first-time offenders. Alcohol education and/or alcohol treatment …

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The Long-Term Impact of a DWI on Your Employment Prospects: An In-Depth Analysis

In New Jersey, as per N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a), operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. Contrary to common belief, a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is not classified as a crime or a disorderly persons offense in the state. Instead, it is a traffic offense. Despite this, a DWI can …

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What Happens If I Am Arrested for a DWI with a Minor in the Car in New Jersey?

Being pulled over and arrested for intoxicated driving is stressful. You could face serious penalties, especially if there is a minor in the vehicle at the time of the DUI arrest. Our state has enhanced penalties for drunk driving offenses if there is a child or minor teenager in the car. In this article, our …

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2023 Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC’s scholarship winner

Scholarship winner, Leah Moskalow We congratulate Leah Moskalow for being selected as the 2023 recipient of the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC $500 scholarship! Leah Moskalow Leah Moskalow is a recent graduate of Winslow Township High School and will be attending Rutgers University – Camden to major in Biology and minor in Art. …

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Can Police Officers Conduct a Search Without a Warrant in New Jersey?

The U.S. Constitution protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures. Police officers generally need to get a warrant from a judge to conduct a search. However, there are some limited exceptions. In this article, our New Jersey criminal defense attorney provides an overview of the key things to know about your search warrants, the legal …

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DWI Checkpoint

As a general rule, a law enforcement officer in New Jersey needs a valid reason to stop a driver. In other words, they need “reasonable suspicion” that the driver has committed a traffic infraction or a criminal offense. However, a DWI checkpoint is an exception. DWI checkpoints have been upheld as constitutional by our nation’s …

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