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Mount Laurel DWI Attorney

We Can Help If You Have Been Charged with Drunk Driving, Other Traffic Offenses, and Crimes

A drunk driving arrest is a scary experience. If you have never been charged with a serious traffic offense or crime before, the entire process can be overwhelming. The important thing to remember is not to panic and speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to understand your rights.

A qualified Mount Laurel DWI attorney can help you in protecting your constitutional and other legal rights as your drunk driving case moves through the New Jersey court system. At the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, we represent clients charged with DWI/DUI and many other serious criminal offenses. Our goal is to protect you and defend your rights and interests, make you as comfortable and informed as possible as you go through the court system, and obtain the best possible outcome for you.

What Happens During a DWI/DUI Arrest in New Jersey?

Many Mount Laurel DWI/DUI cases start the same way. A person is driving on the New Jersey Turnpike or Route 295 when they are signaled by an officer to pull over. The driver may initially assume this is just a simple traffic stop. Perhaps they were speeding or failed to signal a lane change. The driver figures they will be issued a ticket and allowed to go on their way.

But as the traffic stop continues, the officer starts asking questions. Where is the driver going? Have they had any drinks tonight? In the moment, the driver may not fully appreciate or realize what is happening. The driver may not even be cognizant of the fact they do not have to answer such questions.

After a few more minutes pass, the officer asks the driver to step outside of their vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. Again, the driver may not know they do not have to agree to such tests or what the legal consequences are if they refuse to perform the tests. They certainly do not realize that if they fail to perform the tests to the officer’s satisfaction that the officer may have “probable cause” to arrest and charge them with DWI/DUI, and that their performance on the tests could be used as evidence against them in court.

Once a driver is arrested and charged with DWI, they often feel like they have no choice but to plead guilty and hope for the best. But the reality is that many DWI cases are based on little evidence–or at least flimsy evidence. An experienced Mount Laurel DWI attorney may, in many cases, get the charges reduced or even dismissed if the State’s proofs are weak.

For example, you may know that a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is the legal limit in New Jersey. Police administer Alcotest (which replaced the Breathalyzer year ago) or a similar chemical test to confirm BAC after an arrest. Yet these test results are not always reliable. If a test is improperly administered, or the equipment is faulty, it can return unreliable or inaccurate results. And given that even a 0.01 percent variance can mean the difference between a DWI conviction or acquittal, it is important to get the facts straight.

What Are the Penalties for DWI in New Jersey?

The first thing most of our Mount Laurel DWI clients want to know is, “Will I go to jail if I’m found guilty?” But jail time is still possible. New Jersey law authorizes judges to impose sentences of up to 30 days for a first-time DWI conviction. A second conviction carries a minimum jail term of 48 hours and up to 90 days. And a third or subsequent conviction carries a jail term of 180 days.

Even without jail time, however, a DWI conviction can still upend your life. Your driver’s license may be suspended. Alternatively, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car for up to 3 months. And the penalties you face will increase if your blood-alcohol content is 0.10 percent or greater or if there were any minors present in your vehicle at the time of your arrest.

Representing Individuals Charged in Mount Laurel with Traffic Offenses or Crimes

In addition to our DWI/DUI practice, the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, represents individuals charged in Burlington County in a wide assortment of traffic and criminal cases. We can help you with any of the following:

  • All traffic offenses;
  • Drug and weapons charges;
  • Sexual offenses, including Megan’s Law violations;
  • Robbery and burglary;
  • Aggravated assault; and
  • Driving with a license suspended due to a prior DWI conviction.

If you need to speak with an experienced Mount Laurel traffic and criminal defense attorney, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Matthew V. Portella.

Madison Smith
Madison Smith
2024-05-20
My wife and I had the best experience you could imagine with Matt Portella. We are both hard working public servants that were subjected to an unwarranted legal mess. The situation caused us a lot of undue stress. We live out of the NJ area and googled lawyers in Haddon Township for the best representation possible. Thank God we went with Matt. We chose him because he looked tough, energetic, and had great reviews. That is exactly what we received. He TRULY worked for us. He remained personable and sustained thorough communication throughout the entirety of the debacle. We would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Portella for a legal defense issue. Five stars.
Brad Shuttleworth
Brad Shuttleworth
2024-05-20
Mr. Portella is an amazing criminal defense attorney. He knows the law, and especially the system and the people involved in the system.
Ricardo Rivera
Ricardo Rivera
2024-05-16
Matt and his staff are the best. They helped me several times for traffic violations and once for a criminal charge. I would never go to court without Matt and his staff by my side.
Harriet Monshaw
Harriet Monshaw
2024-03-28
Principal and staff were more then professional. Thank you. I would definitely recommend Mr. Portella to a friend.
Deirdre Curry
Deirdre Curry
2024-03-26
Matt and his team were incredible throughout a long and challenging process. Matt made sure to keep in contact and explain each step thoroughly. He ensures his clients needs are addressed and tailors his approach to achieve the best possible outcome. He stopped at nothing when it came to pushing for what I wanted. He built an amazing case and was able to get me to the best resolution possible. His attention to detail and care for others sets him aside from most lawyers. It’s a difficult decision when choosing your representation, but if you want a trustworthy, dedicated, and talented lawyer, you can stop your search here and go with Matt Portella. Thank you Matt and Team - your hard work changed my life!!
Timothy Buckley
Timothy Buckley
2024-02-22
Criminal law is not my firm’s area of expertise so when a friend needed someone, I sent them to Matt. Matt gave them attentive, in depth and honest advice to help them see the strengths and weaknesses in their case. I would highly recommend Matt.
smith family!
smith family!
2024-02-15
Hes a smooth talker, that pretends to care! at the end of the day you are paying for a “plea lawyer” .. he makes you up front and then stops working from there on. I messed up and got in a fight i get it.. but at the end of the day, he had me sitting in county for 7 months, not doing anything besides going on multiple vacations!
Tom P.
Tom P.
2024-02-01
Mr. Portella could not have represented myself or my case any better. He and his office continuously updated me throughout the legal process, and during the court hearing Mr. Portella did an excellent job in defending me.
Todd Weber
Todd Weber
2023-12-30
Mr. Portella's representation was superlative, his personable style assuaged our concerns. He commands my highest recommendation.
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