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DUI Offenders Not Likely to See Any Relief from License Suspensions

A measure that would have granted judges increased judicial discretion in reducing license suspensions for DUI offenders has been conditionally vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie. The bill would have allowed judges to order the installation of ignition lock devices in the cars of convicted drunk-drivers in lieu of prolonged suspensions of their licenses. The governor vetoed the legislation on March 23, pointing to the sharp decline in DUI-related deaths under current conditions while calling language in the proposed law too sweeping and too lenient.

Christie’s counter to the bill included keeping current suspension measures in place while adding the requirement of the ignition locks. Lawmakers do not anticipate an attempt to override, meaning that it’s basically dead on arrival.

Having your license suspended creates various kinds of grief. First off, you won’t be able to get to school or work – without the assistance of someone willing to offer a ride, or else be at the mercy of public transportation. The costs, in court fees and fines as well as impact on your motor vehicle insurance premium, can be prohibitive. If you don’t follow the rules of your suspension to the T, this means zero driving while your license is suspended, you may face jail time.

If you are facing a charge such as DWI/DUI, and know you are at risk of getting your license suspended, you need to act fast. Don’t show up in court with a story; the judge won’t buy it, especially if the breath test shows you were driving over the legal limit.

You need a lawyer who understands that without a license you may not be able to get to work. Further, not everything is exactly as it seems. There are also situations in which drivers are wrongly convicted of violations and, without representation, are punished for something they didn’t even do.

If you find yourself in legal trouble due to a drunk-driving issue, you need an attorney that’s going to stand up for these rights and minimize the collateral damage associated with the infraction.

The spirit of the proposed legislation Gov. Christie turned down essentially says that even though a person has been convicted of drunk-driving, they still have to provide for themselves and their family. This is a state in which driving has practically become essential in order to work and maintain one’s livelihood. The legislation would have taken into consideration that everyone makes mistakes and far too many offenders lose their jobs because they can no longer get to work. This can lead to a cycle of debt and disruption that could have ramifications for years after the ticket is ever written. For now, however, people charged with DUI who are facing license suspension need to rely on the experience of a good defense lawyer.

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If you need legal guidance and representation for a DUI offense, contact the law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan. We offer free consultations and we will discuss your options, before getting to work to help minimize penalty and begin moving on with your life. Call us today.

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