The Effects of DWI on a Commercial Driver’s License

Understanding DWI Laws for Commercial Drivers in New Jersey New Jersey has specific DWI laws for commercial drivers, which differ from those for regular drivers. CDL holders are held to a higher standard due to the nature of their job. Understanding these laws is crucial in maintaining your commercial driver’s license and driving privileges. Federal …

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The Effects of a DWI Conviction on Immigration Status

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) convictions not only have legal implications but can also have significant consequences on immigration status. DWI offenses are considered serious offenses, with potential jail time, fines, and license suspension. For non-citizens, the consequences can be even more severe, with the risk of deportation and implications on card applications. It is crucial …

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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 Role of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in a DWI Arrest

Under New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a), a DWI is a traffic offense. That being said, an arrest is still a very serious matter. It can carry significant penalties, potentially including jail time and the suspension of your driver’s license. If you are stopped on suspicion of intoxicated driving in our state, you may be asked …

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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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2022 Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC’s Scholarship Winner

Marquis Donegan We would like to congratulate Marquis Donegan for being selected as the 2022 recipient of the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC $500 scholarship! Marquis is a graduate of Hackensack High School in Hackensack, New Jersey. He will be continuing his education at Howard University in Washington, DC in the fall of 2022. …

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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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