Criminal/Traffic/DWI

At Helfand & Associates we defend clients with criminal, traffic, DWI and drug charges in the Municipal and Superior Courts. We also handle Juvenile cases in the Superior Court.

With many years of experience handling municipal court cases, the attorneys in our Whippany office are well acquainted with the court system and the local judiciary. Jacqueline Pivawer, Esq. is a former assistant prosecutor for the City of Newark. If a case should be tried, she will do it and is extremely experienced at doing so.

The types of cases we handle in our municipal court/criminal practice include, but are not limited to:

While municipal court cases are “offenses” compared to “crimes”, many municipal court offenses carry stiff penalties. In New Jersey, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is among the most serious municipal court offenses.

If you are charged with a DWI offense, you may lose your driver’s license or serve a jail sentence. Not only is your freedom at stake, but also your ability to earn a living. You and your family may be affected in a variety of ways, including:

  • Mandatory Jail Sentence – 3rd offenders
  • Mandatory loss of driver’s license
  • Fines
  • Vehicle Immobilization or Forfeiture
  • Alcohol abuse assessment and treatment
  • Community service
  • Criminal record – if drugs or paraphernalia involved
  • Increased insurance rates and surcharges
  • Cancellation of Insurance
  • Mandatory Alcohol Safety School
  • Job loss

When you are charged with a DWI, it is essential to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney at your side. At Helfand & Associates we are well versed in the array of scientific procedures and tests which police officers administer to prove your guilt and are prepared to question the tests’ reliability, accuracy and validity.

When you are charged with an offense and need skilled legal help, call our law firm in Whippany at (973) 428-0800 to learn how our experience can benefit you.

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