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speedingCelebrities are no exception to the law. New Jersey native and rap star Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, was arrested in New York last week on charges of drunk driving. Reportedly, at about 1 a.m., the rapper was caught drag racing with another vehicle at a high speed. The 26-year-old showed signs of intoxication and took a field sobriety test, which he failed. At this point, he was taken into custody. Upon his arrest, officers discovered that he had a suspended New Jersey driver’s license.

Under New Jersey law, driving while intoxicated (DWI) consists of driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. When it comes to commercial drivers, the BAC level must not be 0.04 percent or higher, and for drivers under the age of 21, the BAC cannot be 0.01 percent or higher. In most cases, an officer will determine whether a driver is under the influence by administering a simple breathalyzer test, although there are other measures that can be used as well, such as field sobriety tests and blood tests.

A New Jersey DWI is a serious offense and can result in a range of penalties, including fines, fees, license suspension, community service hours, and jail time. The number of prior offenses and whether people or property were harmed during the incident can affect the penalties a defendant will face.

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carA driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge should never be taken lightly because it can have far-reaching consequences for almost every aspect of your life. If you or someone close to you has been charged with DWI in New Jersey, it is important to reach out to a skilled New Jersey drunk driving attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

In 1910, New York was the first state in the United States to adopt a law against drinking and driving. Other states soon followed, and today every state has a drunk driving law. While these laws have been on the books for over a century, the unfortunate reality is that drunk driving is still a serious problem throughout the country. In 2015, approximately 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the nation.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology examined the role that ride-sharing apps like Uber play in stopping people from driving while drunk. The study essentially concluded that the impact of ride-sharing services on drunk driving could depend on a city’s characteristics, and how much they discourage people from driving. For example, in a denser urban center with lots of traffic and limited parking, an individual may be more likely to use a ride-sharing service to get around. In short, there are many factors that could affect drunk driving, and it is not clear-cut that the presence of ride-sharing services directly reduces drunk driving accidents.

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potIf you were arrested on suspicion of driving impaired by marijuana, it is imperative to reach out to a seasoned New Jersey drugged driving defense attorney who can help. The consequences of such a charge can be severe. You can rest assured that we are here to answer your questions and build you a strong defense in your case.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has expressed concerns about the repercussions of the legalization of marijuana on the roads. States, such as Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, that have already approved the use of marijuana have seen a sharp increase in fatal accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute found that highway crashes increased by 3 percent overall in those three states after the legalization of recreational marijuana use.

MADD’s concern is well founded and supported by other statistics as well. Drugs, both legal and illegal, are involved in approximately 16 percent of motor vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also found that marijuana use has been increasing, and about 13 percent of nighttime and weekend drivers have marijuana in their system. Additionally, marijuana users were 25 percent more likely to be involved in a wreck than non-marijuana users, although other factors, such as age and gender, may also account for the increased crash risk.

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seniorIf you have been arrested for drinking and driving, you need to seek the help of a skilled New Jersey drunk driving attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At our firm, we have years of experience defending clients who have been charged with a DWI charge and can do the same for you.

Just this week, a Hoatcong woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and failing to stay in her lane, according to police. She was pulled over and given a field sobriety test, which she failed. She was then taken to police headquarters, given a breathalyzer test, and charged with a DWI.

Under New Jersey law, a person commits DWI when he or she drives with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. For commercial drivers, the BAC level must not exceed 0.04 percent. For drivers under the age of 21, the BAC cannot be 0.01 percent or higher.

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wineIf you or someone close to you has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), and there is an open container of alcohol in the car, you need to reach out to a skilled New Jersey DWI attorney who can help. Known as the “open container law,” this law is designed to reduce drunk driving on New Jersey roads. We understand this area of the law and can help protect your rights at every step of the way.

Under New Jersey N.J.S.A. 39:4-51b, it is illegal for any occupant of a motor vehicle to have an open or unsealed alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle on a public road. Those who have containers of alcohol in their vehicle will typically be charged with a violation of the law, regardless of whether they are the driver of the vehicle or merely a passenger. It is important to note that consumption is not required for the behavior to be against the law.

An open container is an aggravating factor when it comes to a DWI case because it indicates that a person was drinking alcohol as they were driving. In other words, a judge would consider the presence of an open container a factor in determining whether or not the prosecutor has proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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arrestThe law surrounding the process of obtaining a driver’s blood for testing purposes is clearly outlined in New Jersey law. If you or someone close to you has been subjected to a blood test without your consent because the police believed you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, our skilled New Jersey drugged driving attorneys can help.

What began as a routine investigation of a car accident quickly escalated and ended up with a New Jersey assemblywoman being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) because the police believed she was under the influence of marijuana.

Police say the smell of marijuana was emanating from the car when the woman was stopped. She claimed that the smell was not of marijuana but instead of cigars, which she had been smoking earlier that evening. The woman refused to do a field sobriety test, at which point she was placed under arrest. She was then subjected to a drug test via her blood. The woman’s attorney says he is fighting to suppress the test, since the blood was drawn without the defendant’s consent and without a warrant.

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classDriving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal offense in New Jersey and can have serious consequences for your future. If you or someone close to you is facing a DWI charge, it is important to reach out to a skilled New Jersey DWI attorney without delay. It is understandable that you may feel frustrated and confused, but you can rest assured that we will help you understand your rights and advocate for you at every step of the way.

In New Jersey, a person drives while intoxicated if he or she gets behind the wheel with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Individuals under the age of 21 will be charged with a DWI with a BAC of 0.02 percent. For commercial drivers, the legal limit is 0.04 percent or higher.

In every DWI case, the burden of proof is on the government to prove the elements of a DWI “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is the highest burden of proof in the criminal justice system, and it is deliberately high because an individual’s freedom is often at stake. The state also bears the burden to show any prior offenses. If the prosecutor establishes a DWI charge beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant will be found guilty.

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drunk drivingIf you have been arrested or charged with a New Jersey DWI, you should not delay in reaching out to a skilled New Jersey DWI attorney. At our firm, we have years of experience protecting the rights of those accused of DWIs, and we can put our knowledge to use in your case. The penalties for a DWI conviction vary, but in some cases, individuals are required to use an ignition interlock device (IID).

In New Jersey, the offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) consists of getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. It is important to note that the legal limit is different for individuals who are underage and for commercial drivers.

An IID is similar to a Breathalyzer and measures a person’s BAC. The IID is a handheld device that is connected to the ignition system of a car. For a person to start the car, the driver must blow into the device. If the device detects the BAC to be over a certain programmed amount, the vehicle will not start. These systems typically do not just require a test to start the engine, but also generally require a test every few minutes while driving. The idea behind these “rolling” tests is to preclude a friend or acquaintance from starting the vehicle and then letting a drunk driver behind the wheel.

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pulled overA police officer can stop a car for any legal reason. However, a reason is required, meaning arbitrary, unexplained stops are not permitted under the law. For example, an officer cannot just pull you over to check your driver’s license and registration. If you have been arrested or charged with a DWI in New Jersey, it is imperative to seek the help of a skilled New Jersey DWI attorney who can assess the merits of your case. We can examine the facts of your situation, including the manner in which your vehicle was stopped and the legality of the stop.

In New Jersey, the legal standard for making a traffic stop is “reasonable suspicion.” This is a legal standard that is something more than a hunch and something less than probable cause. The officer must be able to articulate a legal basis for the stop. For example, a police officer may stop a car if the driver is speeding or if the car is not properly registered. It is important to note that an officer’s mistaken belief or understanding of a fact (i.e., the driver had a suspended license) will not be invalidated as long as the officer’s actions were supported by a “reasonable” belief that the related facts were true.

In New Jersey, the offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) consists of getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Put another way, if you are operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, you are considered under the influence.

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mapAccording to a new study conducted by WalletHub, New Jersey ranked 45th out of 51 states when it comes to being strict about DWIs. In other words, New Jersey is the seventh-most lenient. The states deemed to be less strict than New Jersey include Maryland, Idaho, North Dakota, Ohio, the District of Columbia, and South Dakota. While New Jersey may be relatively lenient on the list, this does not mean that DWI charges should be taken lightly. A DWI arrest or conviction can lead to serious negative consequences for many aspects of your life. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a DWI, it is imperative to reach out to a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney who can protect your rights.

WalletHub’s recent findings were summarized in a report entitled Strictest and Most Lenient States on DUI. WalletHub decided to conduct this analysis because of the heightened number of drunk driving incidents. The report examined a number of factors, including:

  • Each state’s minimum jail time for a first and second conviction;
  • When a DWI is an automatic felony, if ever, in each state;
  • How long old DWI factors into penalties and how long an administrative license suspension lasts in each state;
  • Whether ignition interlock is mandatory;
  • Whether alcohol assessment is mandatory;
  • The amount of monetary fines for first and second offenses;
  • Whether the state has a “no refusal” sobriety testing policy;
  • Whether the state uses sobriety checkpoints; and
  • Other penalties.

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