An Overview Of DWI/DUI Defense


Straightforward and Effective Legal Counsel

If you have been charged with drinking and driving or driving under the influence, you need an aggressive lawyer to protect your constitutional rights. Just because you blew over the legal limit doesn’t mean you should simply plead guilty, especially if it’s your first offense. Experienced attorneys can minimize the consequences and, under the right circumstances, may even be able to get charges dropped, provided you meet certain terms set by the law.

At the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, we have over 20 years of experience handling all types of criminal matters, including drunk driving defense. We know the stress and anxiety you can feel when you have been arrested. Our primary objective is to protect your rights, but we are also committed to putting you at ease, making certain you understand the law and legal process, as well as your options, so that you can make good decisions about how you want to proceed. We’ll never leave you hanging—you’ll always be informed of any developments in your case. And we’ll always communicate with you in plain English.

Our DWI/DUI Defense Practice

We work with clients at all stages of a DWI/DUI case, from the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) proceeding regarding the status of your driver’s license to the hearing to determine guilt or innocence and establish penalties. Even if you have already been convicted of drinking and driving, we can help you with an application for post-conviction relief.

We defend people charged anywhere in all of New Jersey, including on the main highways, from the Atlantic City Expressway and the Garden State Parkway to 295, Route 42, Route 55 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

When you hire us to defend you against a drunk driving charge, we will conduct a full investigation of the facts and circumstances of your arrest, including whether there was probable cause to make the traffic stop. We will review police reports to verify that field sobriety and alcohol tests, including the Alcotest machine and BAC were correctly administered, and that you were properly advised of your rights when taken into custody.

We also defend individuals facing prosecution for other alcohol-related crimes involving motor vehicles, such as vehicular manslaughter or aggravated manslaughter.

With over 20 years of experience in all of New Jersey area the Law Offices of Matthew V. Portella provides services in following counties including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem, and also appear in all of the municipal courts in those counties.

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