Freehold, NJ Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Lawyer
Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLCAll locations are by appointment only.
4400 Route 9 South, Suite 1000
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
Monmouth County Lawyer & DWI Defense
Freehold Township, NJ has a long history in the United States as a welcoming place for new residents of every ethnicity and background. With its small-town values, beautiful parks and recreation, great schools and proximity to commuting to big cities like New York City, Newark, Trenton, and Philadelphia, Freehold is a perfect community for raising a family.
Along with all the perks of living close to the Jersey Shore, new residents should avail themselves of access to the state’s laws. One area that impacts folks regardless of economic or social standing is a DWI. Some may not be aware that the state considers driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs a serious traffic violation, not a criminal matter.
Although the person charged with DWI in New Jersey may not have to fight the state in criminal charges, the civil penalties are expensive, time consuming, and burdensome. In addition to fines, fees, surcharges, and community service, serving prison time is still possible. This is why the attorney of the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC fights zealously for the rights of residents of Freehold, NJ in DWI.
First, the police will ask for a roadside breath test on the Alcotest 7110. The breath test determines the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of drivers. The legal limit for BAC is below .08%. Although state lawmakers and courts approve of using the Alcotest 7110 to gather driver’s BAC levels, the testing method is far from foolproof. An experienced Freehold DWI attorney can challenge the science, accuracy, and dependability of the Alcotest 7110.
Freehold DWI Defense Lawyer
The state uses a series of financial penalties –including fines, fees, and surcharges – in addition to other restrictions like community service hours, license suspensions, and even prison time to impose punishment for Freehold DWI.
For instance, a first-time DWI charge with a BAC of greater than .08% but less than .10% involves:
- Loss of license for 3 months;
- Prison term of up to 30 days;
- Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) for 12-48 hours, plus paying a $230 IDRC fee;
- A three-year period of paying $1,000/year surcharge;
- $250–$400 fine;
- $100 to a state drunk driving fund;
- $100 to the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund; and,
- $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
The fines, surcharges, time in prison, and other penalties increase sharply for multiple DWI offenses. The penalties differ for DWI while in possession of narcotics, or underage drinking.
As a DWI attorney in Freehold, the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC is here to serve those accused of DWI in Freehold, NJ and throughout the state.
Other Criminal Defense Practice Areas
When it comes to handling criminal charges, you want a lawyer who has done it before. Anthony J. Vecchio has handled over 1,000 criminal matters in municipal and superior court as well as appeals. Anthony has spent his career working in the criminal justice system both prosecuting and defending cases. Here are some of the other criminal cases our firm handles:
- Traffic Violations. Traffic tickets can add up quickly, affect your insurance rates and even jeopardize your license. Whether it’s an illegal U-turn or speeding, don’t pay your fine without talking to a lawyer first.
- Drug Charges. New Jersey takes a hard line on drug offenses. But enormous differences exist between simple possession and intent to distribute charges. An experienced attorney will fight to keep the system fair for you.
- Assault Charges. Assault happens when you physically place someone else in direct danger through the use of force. Assault can also occur by putting someone in immediate fear or imminent harm. In some assault cases, a key issue is the extent of injury that resulted.
- Robbery Charges. Robbery is a theft that involves some form of confrontation or physical violence. Just because a victim is present during the theft does not automatically make it a robbery. The penalties are very different, so be sure to speak with an attorney before pleading guilty to a robbery charge.
- Burglary Charges. Burglary occurs when a suspect enters someone else’s residence or business with the intent to commit a felony or steal something. Burglary does not always involve theft. In fact, breaking into a business to set a fire or physically assault someone can be burglary as well. The key in many cases is whether the defendant actually intended to commit a felonious act.
- Harassment. With rapid changes in Internet and social media, more and more people are being charged with harassment. Harassment occurs when you place someone in reasonable fear for their own safety due to unwanted stalking, following, or persistent contact. These crimes can be very complicated. So, prosecutors routinely bring charges that may not be appropriate.
- Theft Charges. Theft crimes – including auto theft and credit card theft – carry penalties that become more severe as the value of the stolen property increases. If convicted of theft, a person may also need to pay restitution to the person or company from whom the property was taken.
- Shoplifting. Many stores today police their aisles with surveillance cameras and “floor walkers,” or security guards dressed in plain clothes who look for shoplifters. They aggressively press for charges that could carry devastating consequences if a person is convicted.
- Disorderly Conduct. Sadly, this charge is often levied when no other charges can be used to fit the situation. In many cases, it will accompany alcohol-related charges.
- Computer Criminal Activity Charges. Whether child pornography, hacking, or other sophisticated computer-based crimes, technology has complicated how we view crime. If charged with any computer-based crime, you want an experienced Freehold criminal defense lawyer who can help you to build a strong defense.
- Juvenile Charges. Minors often make bad choices at a time in their lives when they are dealing with incredible peer pressure. Youthful indiscretions can unfortunately lead to lifelong consequences. Never assume an offense is “simple” or “minor” without talking to an attorney.
- Expungement. Criminal records can make it difficult to get or keep jobs and can have other negative effects on your life. You may have other options for removing arrests and convictions from your record.
- Other Felonies and Misdemeanors. Whatever the charges, you can count on the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, to fight for your rights from arrest to trial. Contact our Freehold law office today to talk to an attorney and begin building your defense.
How Can a Freehold Criminal Defense Attorney Help You?
When you hire Freehold lawyer Anthony J. Vecchio, you can rest easy knowing you have an aggressive and skilled litigator on your side who will:
- Request the State’s evidence. You are entitled to review the evidence the government has against you. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, you may find mistakes and inconsistencies in the State’s case that could help you fight for a dismissal or lesser charge.
- File pretrial motions. If evidence was obtained using improper tactics and should be excluded, we can try to make it harder for the prosecutor to obtain a conviction.
- Analyze the benefits of a Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI). New Jersey courts offer diversion programs for those with alcohol or drug problems. But before you assume this is always a better idea, talk to our office. We can help you weigh the pros and cons to make an informed choice.
- Represent you at trial. If your case must go to trial, our firm can fight to defend your rights and make sure prosecutors do not abuse the system. While no one can guarantee what will happen when a jury is involved, Anthony J. Vecchio has handled more than 1,000 criminal cases, so you know you are getting experienced and skilled representation.
After your trial. Cases don’t always end after a trial. If you win, the State can still appeal. If this happens, our office can represent you in your appeal, fighting to preserve your freedom. Other post-trial matters include:
- Appealing a conviction
- Arguing for leniency in sentencing
- Appealing unfair sentencing
- Fighting to have time served applied to sentencing
- Fighting to reduce fines.
Freehold Personal Injury & Car Accident Lawyer
Beyond handling Freehold criminal cases, Anthony J. Vecchio is just as comfortable helping clients resolve disputes in the civil justice arena. This includes Freehold personal injury claims such as slip and falls and auto accidents. Much of the firm’s civil cases involve situations where someone has been seriously injured in a car accident through no fault of their own. Our firm takes an aggressive and proactive approach to injury claims.
For instance, in every Freehold auto accident case, we first review the evidence and obtain medical records and witness statements to help prove fault. If someone else caused your injuries, our firm will work to protect your interests.
New Jersey requires auto accident victims to file their claim with their own insurance company under something called “personal injury protection” (PIP). In order to pursue a claim against the other driver’s insurance, the victim must meet certain threshold requirements. Our firm can determine whether you can bring a claim against the person responsible for your injuries and we can take all steps to pursue that claim.
Other Freehold Personal Injury Cases We Handle
We understand that injuries can happen in all sorts of ways. If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, Anthony may be able to help. Here are just a few of the cases we handle:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Negligent security resulting in physical attacks and sexual assaults
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Assault victims
- Work-related injuries.
Anthony handles Freehold personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that our firm will charge no attorney fees unless we secure compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online today. Click here to find directions to our Freehold office.