Interviewer: Is there a particular story that you keep hearing over and over from your potential clients?
Ron Mondello: Well there are several. The most repetitive story that I hear is that a potential client or a retained client will tell me that they were not doing the stuff in the police report. Undoubtedly, there is some level of truth to the dozens and dozens of clients that have said that to me. Having reviewed dozens if not hundreds of DWIs and DUI discovery reports, I am of the opinion that in some instances a cut and paste approach is sometimes taken by the police officer.
New Jersey Laws Dictate that a BAC reading of .08% or Higher is Intoxication
Having said that, the other story that I hear over and over is that I was not drunk. Unfortunately, your definition of drunk and the state of New Jersey’s definition of drunk may be very different. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading is a .08% or higher you are legally intoxicated. You may indeed have a very high tolerance for alcohol and you may be able to drive, walk, talk and even dance but you are legally intoxicated.
Paying Extra Fines Will Not Allow You To Retain Your License in New Jersey
The other story or really comment is everyone wants to pay double triple quadruple the fines in exchange for not losing their license. Currently this is an impossibility in the state of New Jersey. There is some pending legislation that would not impose a license suspension for your first New Jersey DWI or DUI. Although the passage of this type of legislation would of course affect the income of many attorneys who practice in this field, I whole heartedly support the passage of such legislation. I mentioned before everyone makes mistakes. It is unconscionable to me that the individual who went to a wedding and had just enough alcohol to put them over the legal limit of .08 should have to lose their license.
If you are reading this and live in New Jersey, I urge you to contact your State Senator and State Assembly person to support this legislation. My understanding is that even the organization mothers against drunk driving (MADD) supports this very humane legislation.
Interviewer: How public is my situation going to be? Will my work find out? My friends? My family?
Ron Mondello: Your situation will of course be public. You either will or have already received tons of letters from lawyers regarding your New Jersey DWI or DUI situation. That in and of itself should indicate to you that your situation is already public. Your name and violation have been sold by the state of New Jersey to some service that resells it to attorneys. It is perfectly legal but nonetheless I understand one’s feeling that their privacy has been invaded. In addition, your court appearance before the judge in Municipal Court is a public hearing and you may even recognize some of the people sitting in the courtroom.
Finally, your local newspaper may publish it as a result of that paper contacting the local police and inquiring as to recent arrests. Only juvenile matters are truly confidential and private.