Does New Jersey Have Jury Trials In DUI Cases?

New Jersey is one of the last states to not offer defendants jury trials in DUI cases.

Even when a defendant is charged with a third DUI/DWI and facing six months incarceration and burdensome fines and penalties, he/she is not entitled to a jury trial.

New Jersey is the only state along the entire eastern seaboard that does not offer jury trials. In New Jersey, all DUI/DWI cases are heard and decided before a municipal court judge. One argument against offering defendants the option of a jury trial in DUI cases is that our tiny state lacks the resources to accommodate the sheer volume of DUI arrests every year.  None of our municipal courts have jury boxes and the only venue to hear these cases would be in superior court.

If the DUI/DWI charge is the underlying charge in an indictable (felony) offense, the the matter will be heard at the Superior Court level where the defendant may request a jury trial. If the matter involves a felony offense, the least of your worries is losing your driving privileges.

We only practice criminal defense and we only practice in New Jersey. Helping clients is our passion. Helping people accused of committing criminal offenses is why we became defense attorneys. We pride ourselves in outworking other lawyers through our exhaustive preparation and absolute determination to get the best possible results for all of our clients.

We maintain constant contact with our clients, patiently explain every step involved, but above all, we are completely honest in setting our client’s expectations. We welcome any questions that you may have.

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