Bridgewater is consistently the busiest municipality in Somerset County and processes the most DWI arrests primarily because it lies at the crossroads of Interstate 287, Interstate 78, Rt. 202 and Rt. 22. This also means that Bridgewater is regularly patrolled by State Troopers and Bridgewater Police which contributes to a larger number of motor vehicle stops and arrests. These police officers are constantly on the lookout for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been arrested for a DUI or Refusal to Submit in Bridgewater, New Jersey it is important that you retain and experienced Somerset County DWI attorney because plea bargaining for DUI charges is illegal. Now this doesn’t mean that every case has to go to trial but it does mean that the only way to beat your DWI charge is to successfully challenge the State’s evidence against you. Our team of DWI lawyers is comprised of former prosecutors and veteran defense attorneys that are certified in standardized field sobriety testing and the Alcotest (New Jersey’s breathalyzer). If you decide to retain our services for yourself or a loved one, we will analyze the facts of your case and assess different defenses to challenge the evidence against you in furtherance of a downgrade or dismissal altogether. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, contact our office today for a free consultation at (877) 450-8301.
Fighting a DWI in Bridgewater Municipal Court
The Municipal Court deals with every aspect of a moving violation, parking violation or any petty disorderly person or disorderly person criminal complaint. Therefore, if you are arrested in Bridgewater for DWI then you will be required to report to the Bridgewater Municipal Courthouse located at 100 Commons Way in Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Judge William T. Kelleher, Jr. presides over all driving while intoxicated cases and will have final authorization over any pleas struck between your defense attorney and the prosecutor as well as impose penalties at sentencing for trials. Bridgewater Municipal Court is very busy holds two sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. as well as sessions every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. If for some reason you cannot make your court date then it is always strongly recommended that you contact the court administrator, Audrey Lipinski at (908) 725-6375 to request an adjournment or postponement of your case to a different date. When you arrive at the courthouse you should always first check the bulletin board to make sure your name is listed and then go into the courtroom to wait for your defense attorney to arrive. The court gives attorney matters priority so typically all resolved matters with attorneys will be handled first, then contested matters with attorneys, and finally contested matters with pro se defendants (people representing themselves). Going to court for the first by yourself can be a scary and confusing proposition and it is always recommended that you retain a lawyer to accompany you before going into court alone.