Skip to main content

How long does a typical DWI and refusal process take in NJ? From the date of arrest until disposition?

East Brunswick, NJ |

also how long does receiving discovery take?

Attorney Answers 9


  1. There is no typical time. IT depends on the court, the arresting agency (local, county, state or other police) and other issues (blood test or breath test). Get a lawyer. He or she should be on top of this issue for you.


  2. I have had cases that last in excess of a year. East Brunswick tries to push cases, but that can not always be accomplished. It depends on many factors and cannot be predicted. When the cake is ready we put it in the oven. In addition to the factors mentioned, there is the schedule of the experts who are quite busy in some cases.

    Law Offices of James A. Abate Jabatelaw.com (732) 412-2364


  3. The AOC wants the cases done in 60 days. But discovery and experts (and the lab if involved) takes longer, The Judge will push for 60 days though.


  4. You need to retain counsel. Contact us if you want a great NJ traffic court lawyer on your side!


  5. It could be finished after 1 appearance or it could drag on nearly a year due to a plethora of factors.

    The above is general information only and is not legal advice. The information provided does not form an attorney-client relationship, and should not be relied upon to take or refrain from taking any action. I am not your attorney until we sign a retainer agreement.


  6. Every case is different. Generally, my cases take 4-6 months. Some less, and some more depending on expert reports, motions, and witness availability.

    Andres Mejer 9 Memorial Parkway, suite B Long branch, NJ 07740 220 Third Street Lakewood, NJ 08701 732-962-1805 www.AndresMejerLaw.com


  7. The law says they are supposed to be completed within 60 days of your arrest. Please contact my office to discuss your case in more detail and to see how I may be able to assist you. Thank you.
    Sincerely yours, -Ronald Aronds, Esq.- (908) 272-0111


  8. The discovery process is essential in defending and winning a DWI charge. If done thoroughly, the discovery process will take at least 2 months for an alleged DWI/refusal case. Presuming your case is in East Brunswick Municipal Court, it has typically taken me between 6 mos. to 12 mos. to get all of the discovery that I needed and resolve cases. That court is extremely busy with DWIs.

    None of this information is intended as legal advice in any manner nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Legal advice can only be given by attorney Kevin Leckerman, if, after consultation, he is retained.


  9. I have seen 4-6 months, sometimes longer depending upon special circumstances. Delays may actually work out to your favor however. Please make sure to consult an attorney rather than trying to fight a DWI DIY! The stakes are too high for that.

DUI court topics

Top tips from attorneys

What others are asking

Can't find what you're looking for?

Post a free question on our public forum.

Ask a Question

- or -

Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.

Find a Lawyer

Browse all legal topics