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Recent Posts in DUI/DWI Category

  • An Overview of New Jersey Drunk Driving Penalties

    Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in the United States, with each state having their own laws restricting and penalizing this action. New Jersey’s laws are particularly stringent, carrying a number of different possible penalties ranging from fines to possible jail time, and much more. While a DUI conviction is normally considered a misdemeanor, they are taken ...
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  • The Three Commonly Accepted Field Sobriety Tests

    When you are pulled over or stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on suspicion of driving under the influence, the smell of alcohol is often not enough to warrant establishment of probable cause, which is mandatory in order to legally make an arrest. Instead, officers will usually turn to other tools that are specifically designed for the job: field sobriety tests. A field sobriety test is a task ...
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  • What is "Probable Cause?"

    Law enforcement can’t arrest you and charge you with driving under the influence on nothing more than a whim or a gut feeling. In fact, the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution forbids this practice. So in order to actually make an arrest and legally charge someone with a crime like DUI, they must first establish what is known as “probable cause.” Let’s take a closer look at this concept and how ...
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  • Common Field Sobriety Test Mistakes

    In order to arrest you and charge you with driving under the influence, law enforcement must establish probable cause, which is a legal term for a confirmed suspicion that a crime has been committed. In order to legally establish probable cause, law enforcement will often ask you to complete a field sobriety test, which is a task designed to show whether or not you are intoxicated with a fairly ...
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  • Handling Your DUI with a Past Conviction

    Most people worry about being pulled over for a DUI for the 1 st time, never mind the 2 nd or 3 rd time. Those who have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the past have the most to worry about, as criminal conviction of each subsequent DUI increases the punishment level. A 2 nd , 3 rd , or even 4 th conviction means offenders are afforded far less leniency by the court. These ...
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  • Will I Lose My Commercial Driver’s License If I Get a DUI?

    Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers face much more severe penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) than the average passenger vehicle driver. Likely, this severity is the result of the vehicles they drive. CMVs such as big rigs can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds. If a driver loses control of a CMV, he or she can cause extensive amounts of damage to other drivers and ...
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  • DUIs & Employment Background Checks: What You Should Know

    One of the biggest reasons you should fight to avoid a conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) is to avoid the consequences of having a criminal record. A DUI conviction, even an impaired driving charge that doesn’t end with a sentence, can negatively affect your career. This adverse effect can particularly harm offenders who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or who usually drive as ...
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  • Five Tips to Avoid a DUI This Summer

    Summer is full of celebrations. In addition to the popular Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day holidays, lots of New Jersey residents choose to enjoy the warm weather with barbecues, pool parties, and other get-togethers with family and friends. These numerous occasions mean lots of alcohol will be consumed over the next several months, and that means law enforcement will be increasing ...
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  • Can a NJ Defendant Claim Insanity for a DWI?

    A driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge can lead to some severe penalties in the state of New Jersey. As such, many defendants and defense attorneys have pursued a variety of defenses when facing a DWI criminal charge. One of the potential defenses for any crime is the insanity defense, or whether or not a defendant was incapable of understanding the wrongful nature of their conduct at the time ...
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  • When Is an Ignition Interlock Device Required?

    An ignition interlock device (IID) is a breathalyzer installed into an individual’s vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than is programmed into the device, it will prevent the car from being started. If you’ve been charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), a ...
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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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