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Community Service Instead Of DWI Penalties

“Can I do community service instead of paying fines or going to the Intoxicated Driver’s Resource Center?”

Videos on “How To Get out of DWI Charges” are listed below. Please Click Here to answer any other New Jersey DWI related questions that you might have.


“Can I do community service instead of paying fines or losing my license?”

Answer: Wouldn’t that be nice?  No.  The penalties for DWI in New Jersey are pretty rigid.  There is very little room for flexibility, and this has to do with the letter of the law in the DWI statute.  While you might not be able to afford to pay the fines in full, the state doesn’t really care.  Every municipality offers payment plans, and they are lenient to say the least.  Typically, these arrangements are made within the courthouse, and often the payment amount is determined by your answer to the question: “How much can you afford to pay monthly?”  It’s important that you are clear about any financial holdups that you might have with your attorney (if you have one) and with the judge.

Remember, this is a business.  The courts want to make sure that they get paid, and they aren’t trying to force you into a position where you have to skip out.

The license suspension is also non-negotiable.  It would be great to go outside and play basket-ball with Big Brothers/Big Sisters on the weekends as community service, but that’s hardly a punishment.  A DWI charge is considered to be pretty serious in the state of New Jersey, and they want you to feel that fact after you walk out of the court room.  Having to arrange for public transportation or having to annoy your friends/family for rides all of the time is a huge hassle.  That alone, without all of the fines or potential jail time is enough to make you think twice about drinking and stepping foot inside a vehicle.

These videos explain how we will fight against your DWI charges:

Challenge the Initial Motor Vehicle Stoppage
Challenge the Field Sobriety Tests
Challenge the 20 Minute Observation Period
Challenge the Alcotest 7110 machine itself

Learn More About How to Fight Your Charges

If you've been charged with a criminal offense, disorderly persons offense, or traffic / DWI violation, you have the right to an attorney who will defend you against your charges and fight for your best interests. To learn more about how your attorney can fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced, click a link below to see our video library of legal defenses and strategies.

Experience You Can Trust

With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

The Tormey Law Firm

Areas We Serve

Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Somerset County including Morristown, Denville, Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hackensack, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Clifton, and Wayne.


Hackensack Location

254 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

  (201) 556-1570    Directions

Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

  (908) 336-5008    Directions

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