Clifton, NJ Criminal DUI DWI Drunk Driving Traffic Lawyer



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If you've received a Traffic Ticket, a DWI-DUI or arrested for Drunk Driving in Clifton or anywhere in New Jersey, you are facing fines, surcharges, loss of license, jail…

To keep you safe, you need the most experienced DUI-DWI-Drunk Driving Lawyer you can find!!!

FORMER MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE*Robert Avery, Esq., has over 35 years of experience in the analysis and defense of DUI-DWI and Drunk Driving Matters, as well as all other Traffic Related tickets and Summonses. 

Mr. Avery regularly defends DUI-DWI and Drunk Driving Matters, as well as all other Traffic Related tickets and Summonses in Clifton and in all other Municipal Courts in the Northern New Jersey region, including those in Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County and Morris County, as well as those in the Central Municipal Court in Hackensack, and the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Court.

You are invited to call the offices of Avery & Avery, Esq., at 201-943-2445, or to contact us through our contact page, to schedule a free initial consultation, to see how we can help you with your  DUI-DWI and Drunk Driving Matters, as well as all other Traffic Related tickets and Summonses in Clifton.

We know you have questions. The following link (in blue) contains a description of the potential pentalties you may be facing, taken from the New Jersey Statute which governs the trial of DUI-DWI and Drunk Driving Violations, and which govern the Municipal Court in Clifton. Following the penalty section are some frequently asked questions, and answers.

Again, should you have further questions, you are invited to call us at 201-943-2445, or to contact us through our contact page, to schedule a free initial consultation.




For directions to the Borough of Clifton, NJ, Municipal Court, at 900 CLIFTON AVENUECLIFTON NJ 07013please use the Google Maps tool below:


1602 MVC #  R03 


PHONE : 973-470-5860



OFFICE HOURS : 8:30AM - 4:00PM



Additional Resources and Frequently Asked Questions:

What is ingition interlock and where can I get it installed? See:

What are the most frequently asked questions about Ignition Interlock? See:

What are the penalties if I'm unlicensed and under the age of 17 when arrested? See:

How do I get my license restored? See:

What are 'Surcharges'? See:

Does the State have an 'easy to read' description of DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving Penalties? See:

Can I reduce my points by attending a driver improvement program? See:

Can I be prosecuted for DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving if the Alcotest results fail or are inadmissible due to technical or other reasons?

The answer in New Jersey is a clear yes. This is called an observation case as it will be based solely on the observations and opinions of the arresting officers. What few defendants know is that most DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving arrests occur with a video running and that all of their movements, statements and actions are being recorded. The video is generally located on the dashboard of the police car that responds to the scene and can be aimed at the DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving suspect, whether he or she is on a sidewalk performing preliminary physical tests, or sitting in the back seat of the patrol car after an arrest. This video becomes part of a prosecutors arsenal in an observation case.

The general observations of the arresting officer in a DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving arrest will also be an important part of the prosecution. These observations will include a DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving defendant’s ability to walk (whether unable to, falling, swaying, sagging or staggering); ability to stand (whether unable to, swaying, leaning for balance, etc.); speech (shouting, rambling, slobbering, incoherent, etc.); demeanor in general (including fighting, excited, hysterical, sleepy, crying, etc.); condition of eyes (including bloodshot, watery, drooping lids, etc.); condition of clothing (including mussed, dirty, vomited on, etc.); appearance of face (whether flushed or pale); and whether there is an odor of an alcoholic beverage on the DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving suspect’s breath.

For a SAMPLE OBSERVATION CHECKLIST used by NJ Police Departments in DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving arrests, see the attached link.

Do I have the right to refuse to take a DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving BREATH TEST, and what happens if I do refuse?

The answer in New Jersey is NO, you have no right to refuse to take the breath test. Whether you know it or not, New Jersey law provides that any person who operates a motor vehicle on any public road, street or highway or quasi-public area in this State is deemed to have given his consent to the taking of samples of his breath for an Alcotest or Breathalyzer test. Refusing the breath test carries serious penalties which generally parallel and are in addition to the penalties for DUI DWI Drunk Driving. Refusing or refusal of the breath test is a serious complication to a DUI DWI Drunk Driving arrest as the refusal can seriously increase the level of penalty. Even so, there are defenses in Refusing and Refusal cases in which the lawyers at Avery & Avery, Esqs., are highly experienced, enabling them to be of considerable help those charged with Refusing or Refusal of the Breath Test, and in minimizing the penalties for refusal. To see the statutory penalties for Refusing or Refusal of the Breath Test, click the link to open our REFUSING / REFUSAL PENALTY PAGE.

Clifton, New Jersey, General Information:

•                The character of Rupert Pupkin in Martin Scorsese's film The King of Comedy comes from Clifton.[62]

•                The movie Donnie Brasco, which starred Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, was filmed partially in Clifton in 1996.[63]

•                Many scenes from The Sopranos were filmed in town, including the parking lot of the Valley Regency on Valley Road, Main Memorial Park, and Clifton High School. The golf scenes were filmed at the Upper Montclair Country Club.

•                New York Yankee Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto owned a bowling alley in Clifton called "Rizzuto-Berra Bowling Lanes."[64] The alley, later known as Astro Bowl, was located in the Styertowne Shopping Center in the Allwood section of town and remained open until 1999.

•                The Upper Montclair Country Club was home to the NFL Golf Classic. The Sybase Classic golf tournament was held there annually until 2009.[65]

•                Baseball Hall of Famer Honus Wagner played his last two seasons (1896–97) of minor league baseball for the Paterson Silk Sox.[66] While the team was named Paterson, the team played their games at Doherty Field, located off of Main Avenue behind the Doherty Silk Mill.

Clifton has an old sewerage system, accessible to intrepid urban explorers and evidently not actively maintained by any municipal authority or utility, known to some as the "Gates Of Hell." The walls are full of graffiti. The Clifton "Gates of Hell" are featured in Weird New Jersey.[67]

(Certain of the above text used under open license from Wikipedia, authorship is attributed at the links)

Note: As used herein, the terms DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving are used interchangeably, as the terms are all interchangeably used to describe violations under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, et. seq..

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