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Colin E Bonus

DUI and DWI Attorney at Red Bank, NJ

4.3   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1984
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My practice is dedicated exclusively to the defense of DWI and DUI charges. I am among approximately 50 attorneys in the state that are certified by Draeger on the Alcotest 7110, the instrument used to test breath samples for blood alcohol content (“BAC”). I have also been certified as an instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These tests are used to establish both probable cause to arrest and driving while intoxicated (DWI) where there is no scientific evidence of blood alcohol content (e.g. Alcotest readings or blood sample readings). There are less than ten lawyers statewide that share this credential. I utilize my specialized training, as well as over thirty years experience defending and trying DWI cases, to secure favorable outcomes on behalf of my clients. Call me for a free initial consultation anytime 24/7 at.

Location

Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver
157 Broad Street
Suite 111
Red Bank, NJ, 07701
Toms River Law Office
29 Hadley Avenue
Toms River, NJ, 08753
New Brunswick Law Office
75 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
Morristown Law Office
55 Madison Avenue
Suite 400
Morristown, NJ, 07960
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2023
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Grateful
Mr. Bonus recently represented me in a DUI case, and thanks to his diligent work on the case, I achieved the best possible outcome I could have hoped for in this matter. I cannot recommend him and his law firm enough.
Posted by Guen | September 16, 2020
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The best!
Fantastic communication. Answered every question I had, straight forwarded, quick return on phone calls. Just an outstanding lawyer all around. Highly, highly recommend. A+
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2019
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Great attorney
Me Bonus was a kind and understanding attorney and did all he could to help me with my very unusual case. He worked very hard on my case and was able to have my DWI dismissed. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Malina | January 30, 2019
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Excellent hard working lawyer
Myself and my husband hired Mr. Bonus, after my husband had gotten a DUI and refusal on a breathalyzer. I had called and researched a handful of DUI laywers, but when I talked to Collin's paralegal Raquel I knew Collin and his team was the lawyer for us. Not only are they incredibly nice and very well informative, but Collin is an expert in so many areas that deal with DUI/DWI's and breathalyzer and there are only a few other in the tricounty with his expertise and knowledge of such things. Even with my husband refusing to do a breathalyzer (he is from Ecuador and didn't know it's worse to refuse to take one) they got him a great deal. Collin and his paralegal Raquel worked so hard on every aspect of his case and situation, and we are extremely grateful with the plea deal they were able to get him. Basically they got him the minimum punishment on both charges, got them to run together, and also got the lesser charges dropped. We both highly recommend Collin E. Bonus if you ever get a DUI/DWI.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2019
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No pitching staff is complete without their closer!
I had a complicated first offense DUI case that involved an accident. I had been very impressed with the team from Jonathan F Marshall through my first two pre-trials. They had been extremely well-informed of my case and how to proceed with it. However, after the second pre-trial, the prosecution and judge seemed resistant to offer anything substantial. In comes Mr. Bonus, who not only gets the DUI dismissed, but gets me the most favorable resolution I could have wished for, which was ZERO suspension. This office, and Colin Bonus in particular, are who you want representing you in any DUI case, whether in South Brunswick or not. I am beyond grateful for their work, and would highly recommend Mr. Bonus and his team.
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Posted by Joe | October 31, 2018
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Extremely Happy
My wife and I are extremely happy with the work and effort that you did for me in regards to my case. Hands down incredible work I can not thank you all enough.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2017
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Colin Bonus, Esq., Services
I received three traffic violations - DUI, Reckless Driving, and Careless Driving. Attorney Colin Bonus represented me and achieved an outstanding resolution through his deep understanding of the traffic and procedural provisions of New Jersey law. Mr. Bonus engaged tactfully and professionally with the prosecutor's office and was extremely knowledgeable with respect to the procedural aspects applicable to my case. Mr. Bonus quickly assessed and advised on the strengths of issues supporting my defense, and worked to achieve an expedient and satisfactory disposition with the municipality. Through Mr. Bonus's efforts, the DUI and Careless Driving charges were dismissed, leaving only the Reckless Driving charge, and most importantly a loss of driving privileges limited to thirty days. This extremely positive outcome would not have been possible without Mr. Bonus's thorough understanding of New Jersey law, his many years of experience, and his tactful approach with the local prosecutor's office. I couldn't have been more impressed with his handling of my case, and am extremely grateful and appreciative of the legal services Mr. Bonus and his firm provided. I highly recommend Mr. Bonus and his firm to anyone facing challenging issues in the New Jersey courts.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2017
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Great Lawyer
I received four tickets - DUI, refusal to give a breathalyzer test, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane. Mr. Bonus successfully navigated the legal scene through politeness and firmness in the court room. Both the judge and the prosecutor noticed his kind demeanor, and I truly believe that it helped with the end result. The advice, entirely covered under attorney-client privilege, that he gave me was top-notch. I started off with the four aforementioned tickets, and Mr. Bonus was able to successfully drop both the DUI and the refusal to submit a breathalyzer sample. I was then left with the reckless driving and failure to maintain lane tickets, and he successfully reduced the mandatory driving suspension to a mere two months. Without his assistance, I would not have had such a positive outcome. He knows exactly what he's doing. Both him and the other members at his law firm pour lots of effort into dealing with your case, and you certainly will notice it. I definitely recommend Mr. Bonus to others and genuinely thank him for his legal assistance - I could not have hoped for a better attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2016
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Grand Slam
I cannot say enough good things about Colin. Colin represented me in a case where I was charged with DUI and careless driving. I faced seven months of possible license suspension, thousands of dollars in fines, and the whole other parade of horribles that come with those charges. In the end, the prosecutor dismissed the DUI charge, I paid a $200 fine for the careless driving charge, and agreed to a short license suspension. Here are the three best things about Colin. First, he is an expert and handles these types of cases day in and day out. He knows the law. He knows what facts are important. He developed a great strategy and executed it perfectly. Second, he has a great reputation and experience in the courts. He knows the judges and prosecutors. He knows what arguments will work, how far to push various issues, and can tell you the most probable outcomes based on his years of experience. He is respected by the judges and prosecutors which adds strength and value to his arguments and discussions before trial. Indeed, one day in court, another lawyer came up to me and congratulated me on hiring the best lawyer possible. Third, Colin is a really good guy. He listens, he explains things, he calmed me down and gave really good advice. Among other things in my case, Colin continued to press for evidence, made numerous court appearances, and won a critical motion to suppress (throw out) the breathalyzer result in my case. He retained an expert to challenge the field sobriety tests and subpoenaed additional records to refute the evidence. He continued to conference with the prosecutors pointing out the weaknesses in their case. Colin did such a great job that I had a very good chance of being found not guilty of all charges if I went to trial, even though things seemed very bleak the day after my arrest. Colin deserves the highest recommendations.
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Posted by Roosbell | April 8, 2021
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Terrible Communication
I contacted the John F Marshall offices to represent me on my DUI case due to the great reviews I saw online. however my experience with this firm and specially Colin was not what I expected. after you make the first payment, they stop being as responsive, several times days will go by without a response. it took them over 75 days for them to secure an experts letter for my case, a process that they told me would only take 4-5 weeks. when I made a formal complaint Colin criticized my lack of judgment. Colin or the firm never contacted me after my final court date(something they said they would do) to tell me I had to turn in documentation to DMV. Terrible experience, I would NOT recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2018
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No communication
I have hired the Jonathan F. Marshall's office and they had Mr. Colin Bonus to handle my DWI case. Initially they sounded like they cared. They did get my Tier 2 violation to Tier 1. However, I can assure you there were MINIMAL COMMUNICATION. 1) I was not able to speak with Mr. Colin Bonus about my case even through phone. I was arrested in September, and I have been to court several times. On 2/14 I was told that I was "pleading guilty" and STILL, I have not seen Mr. Colin Bonus. It was always a different attorney. I had to re-explain what my situation was and it would always be fresh news for them. EX: A week before my first court schedule, I was nervous and contacted the Jonathan F. Marshall Law Office to inquire some information about the first attendance. They told me they would call before 3pm the day before my court date. They did not call. I called at 2:45pm. They told me they usually call after 3pm. They did not call me until the end of the day. The next morning I contacted them and asked when, where, with whom I will meet. Of course, it was not Mr. Bonus. This was a repeated theme throughout. EX: On my day of pleading guilty, I was told that I was going to meet with Mr. Bonus, Finally. However, he was more than 30 minutes late. When 15 minutes have passed after my court scheduled time, I called the law office. (Usually the other attorneys would text me that they are at the court house but go to the prosecutor before they come find me in the waiting room.) They told me he as on his way. I called when he was 30 minutes late. They told me that he was probably almost there ant that the court was already notified (I still don't fully understand what that means). They never told me his phone number (which is understandable in other situations, but I was getting very nervous when he was just late without contacting me). Mr. Colin Bonus got me a very good deal, and I thank him for that. However, I must tell you that he was not very professional that day. 2) They never communicated with the court clerk that I have a change of address. (I have moved 2 weeks before the DWI arrest and I have communicated with the law offices.) The court had been sending the court summons request (I do not even know what this is officially called because I have never gotten anything from the mail - and I didn't realize it was going to my old address). My last court date was 4/25/2018. For more than 7 months, the court had been sending my legal information to my old address. Apparently my IDRC schedule went to my old address during this time. In the suspension notice, it says the IDP will contact me with the IDRC schedule, yet I have not received it. I was also told that sometimes IDRC schedules come out to be after the 90 day suspension period, so I was patiently waiting. And on 8/24 I have received a mail from the MVC that my license has been suspended due to my noncompliance since 8/10. Now I have to surrender my driving privileges when I have been compliant to the consequences that I was aware of, because my change of address was not communicated correctly to the court. I have to attend court again on a workday interfering with work because of my change of address was not communicated correctly to the court. What good did the change of Tier 2 to Tier 1 do when I receive another suspension notice for the lack of communication? 3) Because I was on a visa, I was consulted with another immigration attorney that I they suggested. I paid him the full price and talked to him for around 15 mins. Then the immigration attorney said that he would contact the JFM Law Offices because he has a relationship with them. A couple weeks prior to my last court date, I contacted the JFM Law Offices to make sure they have communicated. They did not.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall
  • 1999 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Steven Gertler
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Mauro Casci
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Wolf Helies & Duggan
  • 1984 - 1991
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Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. O'Driscoll
  • Reversed by the Supreme Court

Associations

  • Monmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top NJ CLE Attorneys
  • Garden State CLE
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • DUI Defense Law
  • Ten Leaders
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Instructor Certification in Field Sobriety Testing
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2011
  • Alcotest Certification
  • Draeger Laboratories
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colin is unquestionably one of the more knowledgeable DWI attorneys in the State of New Jersey. I have been so impressed with his abilities that I have made him my partner and head of the firm's DWI Department. Colin's training and skill has proved to be exceptional in this area of law. I wouldn't hesitate to have him handle a driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs case if I was confronted with such a violation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colin Bonus is recognized throughout the legal community as one of the preeminent DWI attorneys in the state of New Jersey. It is common place for fellow defense attorneys, prosecutors and even judges to seek Colin's advise and guidance on DWI law and cases. Colin heads the DWI department at our law firm and that means his hands are on every file that comes through the door, which is something unique to most big firms. As a fellow DWI defense lawyer I pride myself on doing a great job for my clients through my trial preparation and litigation skills - which are all things I have learned from Colin over the years. If you are reading this because you have been charged with a DWI then I can tell you that you would be lucky to have Colin as your attorney and if you are a fellow lawyer reading this then I'm sure you already know what I'm talking about."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Colin is one of the best "technical" DWI defense attorneys in New Jersey. His knowledge of DWI practice and his discovery strategy inevitably wears down the prosecutor and gets great results for his clients. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former associate at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver, I and personally familiar with mr. Bonus and his excellence in all areas of the law, particularly DWI and DUI defense. His years of experience and familiarity with the courts are invaluable assets in defending any case. I would endorse this attorney for any matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Colin for over fifteen years both as an opposing attorney and colleague. He is always the most prepared attorney in the room and understands the intricacies of his practice inside and out. Rest assured that you will receive top notch representation with Colin at your side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Colin and he is an excellent DWI lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Mr. Bonus, both as a colleague and as opposing counsel. When I was municipal prosecutor, Mr. Bonus was always diligent in preparing his motions and arguments, knowledgeable in substantive issues and cordial when dealing with the court and staff. As a co-worker, he makes himself available to myself and others, and takes pride in knowing his expertise ensures our firm does the best for our clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Colin Bonus has an unparalleled amount of knowledge of DWI law. He has the ability to find substantive issues on DWI's where many Attorneys would have glossed over the same issue. I am very lucky to have been able to study under him and to be able to consult with him regularly about issues in cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colin is one of the hardest and most dedicated attorneys I have ever been around. His knowledge in DWI/DUI defense is second to none. He takes extreme pride in fighting for his clients and making sure that they obtain the best possible outcome."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Without a doubt, Colin Bonus is one of the most meticulous and intelligent DWI attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His expertise in these fields is second to none and he treats his clients as his equals, contrary to other attorneys I have come across. If you have any legal trouble involving a DWI/DUI, he is the lawyer you want representing your interests."
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Red Bank DUI and DWI Lawyer Colin E Bonus
Colin E Bonus
DUI and DWI Attorney
Red Bank, NJ
Licensed for 39 years
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