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  • A Guide to DWI License Suspensions in New Jersey

    Arguably one of the most devastating consequences of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the resulting driver’s license suspension. As if the threat of criminal consequences and expensive fines were not reason to worry enough, losing one’s driving privileges can be devastating to a person’s mobility and hinder their ability to travel to places such ...
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  • Drunk driving case may change loaner car policies

    Auto dealers and repair facilities in New Jersey and around the country may soon be asking a lot more questions before providing their customers with loaner vehicles. Loaner car agreements are likely to be scrutinized in the wake of a Texas appeals court decision that will allow a lawsuit filed against a Chrysler dealer in the state be heard by a jury. The dealer is being sued because its allowed ...
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  • New Jersey high school teacher charged with DWI

    On the night of Jan. 13, a New Jersey high school teacher was charged with drunk driving in Lodi. According to authorities, the female suspect stopped her vehicle on the 200 block of Church Street and proceeded to get into a verbal altercation with a resident standing nearby. Responding police officers gave the suspect, a 40-year-old Lodi resident, several field sobriety tests, which she allegedly ...
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  • NTSB calls for .05 percent drunk driving limit

    Drivers in New Jersey and all other states are considered legally intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher, but a recommendation made on Jan. 13 by the National Transportation Safety Board would see this limit reduced to .05 percent or lower. The safety agency says that adopting the proposal would save hundreds of lives each year and bring the United States in line ...
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  • Minor faces DWI following single-vehicle crash in New Jersey

    News sources in New Jersey report that a 16-year-old teenager is facing multiple charges related to underage drinking and driving following an accident on Dec. 28. According to law enforcement officials, the alleged drunk driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and was subsequently transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. The driver's identity has not ...
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  • Rare medical condition can cause high BAC levels

    New Jersey residents may be surprised to learn that a rare medical condition may cause individuals to have blood alcohol levels far in excess of the legal driving limit even when they have not consumed significant amounts of alcohol. The condition is known as auto-brewery syndrome or gut-fermentation syndrome, and it was the reason that drunk driving charges filed against a New York woman were ...
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  • Supreme Court will hear challenge to warrantless breath tests

    New Jersey residents may be interested in cases that are headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The cases, coming from the states of North Dakota and Minnesota, deal with the question of whether a person who refuses to take a breathalyzer test may be charged with an additional crime for the act of refusal. Across the country, 13 states allow a person who refuses a blood test when they are suspected of ...
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  • Georgia man faces DUI charge after riding a mobility scooter

    Georgia residents may be surprised to learn that the state's drunk driving laws do not only apply to those on a public road behind the wheel of a car, pickup truck or SUV. Individuals can find themselves on the wrong side of the law when they operate any kind of motorized vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and this is true even if they do not venture onto a public highway. A ...
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  • New details emerge about affluenza DUI teen

    New Jersey residents may recall a drunk driving case involving a Texas teenager who was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend alcohol counseling sessions after his attorneys successfully argued that his indulgent upbringing had made it difficult for him to tell right from wrong. The 16-year-old entered guilty pleas to a raft of charges including four counts of intoxication manslaughter in ...
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  • New Jersey drunk driving laws are some of the most lenient

    New Jersey lawmakers have often been recognized for their proactive efforts to improve road safety, but a 2015 survey of traffic laws around the country discovered that the Garden State can be quite forgiving to motorists who behave in ways that could put the lives of other road users in jeopardy. The survey was conducted by the consumer information website Wallethub.com, and it ranked New Jersey ...
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  • New Jersey DUI regulations and the strictest penalty states

    New Jersey was among neither the strictest nor the most lenient states with regard to DUI penalties, according to a study by WalletHub. Incidents of driving while intoxicated or while under the influence caused approximately 31 percent of motor vehicle deaths in 2012. The government estimates that drunk driving costs all 50 states approximately $60 billion in economic losses each year. The ...
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  • Actor Sam Shepard charged with driving drunk

    New Jersey residents may know the actor and playwright Sam Shepard for his appearances in films including 'Black Hawk Down" and 'The Notebook." The 71-year-old man won a Pulitzer Prize for his play 'Buried Child" in 1979, but his notoriety likely provided him with little comfort on May 25 when he was taken into custody by New Mexico police on drunk driving charges. According to a Santa Fe police ...
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  • New Jersey man charged with DWI after lawn crash

    Hackettstown police officers charged a 43-year-old Independence man with driving while intoxicated after he reportedly crashed into the lawn of a closed-down White Castle restaurant on March 1. The accident reportedly happened around 7:49 p.m. Officers stated that in the accident report that, upon arriving, they found the man removing snow around his vehicle with the help of another. The man ...
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  • New Jersey motorist faces drug charges following wreck

    According to a recent report, authorities have apprehended a 31-year-old man for allegedly driving drunk and possessing drug paraphernalia after the truck he was driving collided with a semitrailer on March 4. The incident occurred on Route 287 in Hanover. The available reports said that the man facing charges, who resides in Sussex County, was traveling in a northbound pickup truck when he ...
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  • Man accused of creating black ice to cover up DWI crash

    A 20-year-old New Jersey man is accused of pouring water on a roadway to cover up a drunk driving accident on Feb. 14. His 20-year-old accomplice was also charged in the incident. According to police, the defendant allegedly drove his 2001 BMW through a stop sign and smashed into a guard rail at the intersection of Woodport Road and Sawmill Road on the night of Feb. 13. He then drove the damaged ...
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  • New Jersey drunk driving defenses

    When people are accused of drunk driving, they may not be aware of various defenses they might be able to assert in their cases. The appropriate defense to a drunk driving charge will depend largely on the individual facts and circumstances of the case. Common defenses to drunk driving include challenging the initial stop, challenging the chain of custody for any blood sample that was taken, ...
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  • New Jersey DUI Laws and Penalties

    Driving under the influence in New Jersey is legally defined as driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or greater. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle or a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Blood alcohol concentration can be determined by a Breathalyzer test. A DUI conviction carries certain automatic penalties. A first time conviction where the BAC is ...
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  • Driver blamed for pedestrian death

    On Dec. 31, a 74-year-old New Jersey man was charged for the death of another Camden resident that occurred during the month of October. The 53-year-old victim was killed as a result of an auto accident that occurred nearby Rosedale and Westfield Avenues around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. The male pedestrian was crossing Westfield Avenue when he was allegedly struck by the accused. He was brought to ...
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  • New Jersey man in elf costume charged with DWI

    Riverdale police say that a Cedar Grove man was found drunk and asleep in his Toyota van on Dec. 19. The discovery was made after authorities were called to the Target parking lot on Route 23 at about 3:30 a.m. in regards to a suspicious vehicle on the premises. When a sergeant arrived, he located the vehicle by the loading dock of the Target store, and it allegedly had its lights on, engine ...
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  • Mayor accused of DWI

    On Nov. 9, A New Jersey mayor was accused of driving drunk after a traffic stop. While he was traveling along Route 130 at around 1 a.m., Lambertville Mayor David M. DelVecchio was pulled over by police in Mansfield. Police say that they learned DelVecchio had consumed alcohol prior to driving when they conducted an on-scene investigation. The 58-year-old man allegedly failed sobriety tests before ...
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  • What 3 tests are commonly used for field sobriety tests?

    When a New Jersey driver is pulled over for potential drunk driving, they may be asked to perform certain field sobriety tests. Unless the driver is disabled or cannot otherwise perform the common field sobriety tests, the main tests that a driver is most likely to encounter are the walk-and-turn test, the one-leg test and the HGN test. The walk-and-turn and the one-leg test are both "divided ...
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  • Man charged with DWI after car chase with police

    New Jersey police claim that a man from Roselle led them on a car chase on Nov. 3 that resulted in a series of moving violations and the detention of all four individuals in the vehicle. After a brief investigation, the other three occupants were released, and the driver was taken to Garwood Police Headquarters to face charges of DWI and other crimes. According to the police, they first made ...
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  • New Jersey penalties for refusing a breath test

    If a law enforcement officer has probable cause to take an individual into custody for drinking and driving, it is implied that the individual has consented to a breath test. However, an individual cannot be forced to submit to a breath test. While a person can refuse a breath test, he or she will face legal penalties. Additional refusals will result in stricter penalties. The first time a person ...
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  • DWI offenses in New Jersey

    New Jersey law provides that anyone driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater can be convicted of driving while intoxicated. Even when people have a BAC of less than .08 percent, however, they can still be convicted of DWI if their driving was impaired as a result of their consumption of alcohol. Similarly, people who have consumed drugs or medication that impairs their ...
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  • New Jersey driver charged with DWI after 3-car accident

    New Jersey State Police were called to the scene of an accident on Route 78 at 1:13 p.m. on Oct. 3. The collision occurred at mile marker 33.7 eastbound on the highway, and it involved an SUV and two tractor-trailers. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they found one of the tractor-trailers overturned with diesel fuel leaking from it. The 49-year-old driver of the SUV appeared ...
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