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  • 3 Ways to Avoid a DUI on Labor Day

    Tips for Labor Day Weekend 2020 The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 390 people may die on US roads this Labor Day holiday period. Falling on the first Monday of September, Labor Day is a national federal holiday that celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers, who enhance the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. While Americans use this opportunity ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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