Closter, 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 Closter 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 Closter 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 Closter.

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 Closter. 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 Closter Municipal Court, at 295 Closter Dock Road, Closter, New Jersey, please use the Google Maps tool below:

0207 MVC # B08 


PHONE : 201-784-0600


OFFICE HOURS : 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 



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.

General Information, Closter, New Jersey

Closter was inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans. The Dutch arrived in the early 17th century, with records dating back to 1669 showing that Balthaser De Hart was granted a property by Governor Philip Carteret between the Hudson River and the Tiena Kill (perhaps the Tenakill Brook). What is now Closter was part of property between the Hudson and the Hackensack River that was deeded by the Tappan tribe to David Des Marets in 1677. The borough's name is said to derive from Frederick Closter, who was the recipient of a grant from King Charles I of England.[31] The first English language teacher in the town was Benjamin Blackledge (d. 1783).[31]

In November 1776, a farmer from Closter witnessed British troops landing at Closter Dock on the Hudson River and rode to Fort Lee to warn Continental ArmyGeneral Nathaniel Greene, allowing the Americans the opportunity to retreat to Hackensack at New Bridge Landing ahead of the British along with the remnants of General George Washington's troops after the failed Battle of Fort Washington.[20] It is this unnamed rider who is recognized on the seal of the Borough of Closter.[31] During the American Revolutionary War, no battles took place in present-day Closter, though the residents were seen largely as supporters of the rebelsand became the target of British foraging and reprisal raids.[31]

The arrival of the Northern Branch in the late 1850s, followed by additional train service from what became the West Shore Railroad, brought residents to the community who could commute to Manhattan via the ferry across the Hudson River at the railroad's Weehawken depot.[20] Closter's central location earned it the nickname "Hub of the Northern Valley".[31]

(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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