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  • Falsely Positive Breathalyzer Tests

    Drugs & Alcohol Aren’t the Only Causes of a DUI Breathalyzer tests are notoriously unreliable. Besides faulty test administration and defective equipment, several external and underlying factors can interfere with your breathalyzer test results and produce a false positive. Thus, it’s important to be aware of the factors that could put you at risk for a DUI charge: Medications : Prescription ...
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  • 5 Steps to Follow When Stopped by Police

    Avoid Further Trouble at All Costs Whether it’s your first time getting stopped by the police or not, interacting with them can be intimidating. Their presence alone is enough to provoke anxiety in some people, but when they stop you because they’re suspicious of your actions, your conduct could make or break you. One wrong move could cost you your freedom, or even your life. It doesn’t matter if ...
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  • Public Intoxication in New Jersey

    Public Drinking at Your Own Risk As summertime approaches, you may be eager to relax by the pool, enjoy barbeques and soak up the sun with a drink in hand. While it is more than acceptable to enjoy your summer, especially after suffering months of quarantine due to COVID-19, you must also keep something in mind. Unlike many states, public intoxication in New Jersey isn’t illegal . Now, this ...
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  • Social Media Use & Your Criminal Case

    Avoiding Social Media Is in Your Best Interests Many people use social media to check their notifications, browse the news and engage with posts and other people before even getting out of bed. In fact, about 7 in 10 Americans use social media to connect with each other, according to a PEW research study . Considering that social media has become a heavily integrated part of our daily lives, it’s ...
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  • Can You Sleep In Your Car While Drunk?

    You leave the bar sometime after midnight. You don’t want to order an Uber or leave your car. At the same time, you know you’re unsafe to drive. Is it safe to sleep in your car while drunk? Definition of DUI In New Jersey, law enforcement does not need to witness you driving under the influence to charge you with a DUI. The only need evidence needed is the reasonable assumption that you recently ...
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  • Can a Breathalyzer be Wrong?

    Whenever you get behind the wheel of a car, you give “implied consent” to submit to a breathalyzer. Blow a high number, and you face charges. Refuse, and you might face other penalties. But what happens if a medical condition gives the breathalyzer a false reading? Can a breathalyzer be wrong? Ketosis A strict ketogenic diet is one of the top causes of false breathalyzer readings. As your body ...
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  • Is Buzzed Driving Drunk Driving?

    In the United States, most everyone knows that driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is illegal. Alcohol consumption impairs your thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination, which are all vital when operating a vehicle. This law is put in place for the safety of everyone who is on the road. But is it the same for buzzed driving? Consider this hypothetical scenario: After ...
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  • What you Need to Know About New Jersey's Open Container Law

    Every driver should be aware that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. However, the laws behind open containers are less obvious, which can get people into legal trouble if it’s ever found in their vehicle. If you get pulled over, and there’s a half-full bottle of alcohol in the backseat, it won’t matter if you exclaim, “I didn’t drink any!” to the police officer. Today, our DUI ...
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  • What is the Age of Consent in New Jersey?

    Consent Laws in NJ The age of consent in New Jersey is 16 years old, meaning that anyone who is at least 16 years of age can legally consent to sexual activity with another adult—no matter what age. A person who is at least 13 years old can consent to sexual intercourse with anyone who is at most four years older, allowing minors below the age of consent—but who are also close in age—to have ...
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  • Millions of Americans Drive Under the Influence of Pot

    According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12 million Americans admit to driving under the influence ( DUI ) of marijuana in 2018. In addition, about 2.3 million claimed they operated a vehicle while under the influence of cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs. If you break those numbers down to percentages, 4.7 percent of Americans ...
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  • Hate Crimes in New Jersey

    In recent years, hate crime allegations have substantially increased and garnered national media attention. Consequently, New Jersey courts are being more conscientious than before about bringing such charges against an individual. A hate crime is described as any criminal offense that targets a person due to their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Prosecutors ...
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  • Don’t Be Accused of a Sex Crime at Your Work Holiday Party

    Every year, companies throughout the United States celebrate another year of success and the festive season by hosting a holiday party. These celebrations often consist of delicious food being served, an open bar with a significant amount of alcohol, as well as loud music and a dance floor to keep the party going until the early morning hours. In recent years, however, many employers have either ...
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  • How Police Detect Drunk Drivers

    In order to make a traffic stop for suspected DUI , law enforcement must have “reasonable suspicion” that a crime has occurred, is currently happening, or will happen soon. But what makes officers initially become suspicious? Remember, the police do not have the right to just stop a vehicle based on a gut feeling or hunch. Rather, they must have a reason to pull someone over, often established by ...
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  • What Factors Affect Your BAC Level?

    After a DUI arrest, police officers will ask you to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) or the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. If your BAC level is at least .08 percent, you can be charged with drunk driving in New Jersey. There are several factors that affect a person’s BAC, which include the following: Body type – In general, the more a person weighs, the ...
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  • When Can the Police Pull You Over for Suspected DUI?

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled a list that consists of more than 100 visual cues to help law enforcement identify suspected drunk drivers. The list is broken down into four distinct categories: speed and braking problems, judgment issues, vigilance problems, and issues staying within a driving lane. Speed & Braking Problems Intoxicated motorists experience ...
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