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reckless drivingDrunk driving is a serious offense in New Jersey but drunk driving with a minor in the car is even worse. If you were charged with drunk driving and you had a child in the car with you at the time, you need to consult a diligent New Jersey DWI lawyer as soon as possible. This is an extremely serious charge that can adversely impact your personal and professional life. Our firm is committed to protecting your rights and making sure that you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.

Actor Marion “Pooch” Hall was recently placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol with his toddler son apparently in his lap and crashing into a parked car. Witnesses called 911 after seeing the toddler on his lap and noticing that the vehicle had been weaving in and out of traffic before hitting a parked car. Fortunately, no one was injured. According to police, Hall showed obvious signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests. In addition, his blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.25, three times the legal limit. The police also determined the toddler was inside the car and he was not restrained as mandated by the law. Hall was charged with drunk driving and child endangerment.

While this incident took place in California, the sad truth is that these sorts of accidents also happen in New Jersey and everywhere else in the country.

car accidentIf you have been charged with death by auto or vehicular homicide, you probably understand the gravity of the situation. Understanding the charges you are facing is critical to deciding how to move forward. Our hard-working New Jersey DWI attorneys understand how to protect your rights when you are charged with such a serious crime. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns every step of the way.

A New Jersey woman was recently sentenced to six years in state prison for a drunk driving accident that killed a 49-year-old man. The woman pled guilty to one count of second degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated for hitting the victim, W.O., with her car and ultimately being the cause of his death. According to law enforcement, the woman was driving her Jeep Wrangler when she struck the victim, who worked for a private recycling company when the wreck took place. W.O. was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead due to severe injuries sustained in the accident.

Second-Degree Vehicular Homicide in New Jersey

In New Jersey, an individual can be convicted of vehicular homicide for causing the death of another person by operating a vehicle recklessly. Reckless driving means that you drove with a conscious disregard for human life with a significant risk to the public. If the prosecution establishes certain circumstances under which the accident took place, the jury can infer that a defendant drove recklessly. One of these circumstances is if the driver got behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs then the jury can infer that he or she drove recklessly. In New Jersey, a person is driving while intoxicated (DWI) when he or she operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

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driving drunkA DWI arrest can be scary and extremely high-stakes, as a conviction can adversely impact almost every aspect of your life. If you have been charged with a DWI, you should know that you have rights. Our trusted New Jersey DWI attorneys work hard to deliver the highest quality counsel representation in DWI cases. You can rest assured that we understand what is at stake, which is why we will build the strongest possible defense in your case. 

Proposed Law

A proposed state law would expand the DWI ignition interlock program in New Jersey. Currently, you only have to have an ignition interlock device is you have a BAC of .15 or higher or if you are a repeat offender. Under the new law, anyone convicted of a DWI would be required to have the device installed in his or her vehicle for three to 18 months, depending on how drunk the driver was. The device works like a Breathalyzer, if your BAC is too high, your car will not start.

car washIf you have been charged with a DWI, you need to reach out to a skilled New Jersey DWI attorney without delay. In some cases, the basis for a DWI is a field sobriety test. These tests are notorious for being inaccurate, which is why we will meticulously examine what happened in your case to make sure none of your rights were violated. You can rest assured that we will put the full breadth of our legal experience to work for you.

While we often discuss drunk driving involving auto accidents, the reality is that it does not always consist of motor vehicles colliding with other motor vehicles on the road. Some accidents are the result of drunk drivers crashing into stationary objects, such as poles, medians, trees or even someone’s property. This recently happened in New Jersey. Last week, a Ridgewood woman allegedly drove into the wrong side of a carwash and crashed her vehicle, according to police. N.A. was found with an open bottle of wine in her purse at the time of the crash. Her car was stuck in the carwash for quite some time before it got removed and impounded. N.A. failed field sobriety tests and purportedly refused a Breathalyzer test. She was then charged with a DWI.

The basic offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey involves getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. In addition, any drug that impairs a person’s ability to drive safely can also form the basis of a DWI.

dui lawNew Jersey law enforcement takes drunk driving very seriously. If you or someone close to you has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), you need to reach out to an experienced New Jersey DWI attorney for skilled advocacy. With extensive experience in this area of law, we will explore every avenue to fight the charges against you.

In New Jersey, a person can be charged with a DWI when he or she operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. If you are under 21 years old, the legal limit is 0.01 percent. For a commercial driver, the legal limit is 0.04 percent.

Last year, we wrote about a Municipal judge in New Jersey who allegedly went on an expletive-filled rant when he was approached by cops under suspicion of a DWI. W.B. was pulled over on the shoulder of I-80 in Teaneck on Westbound at 2:13 a.m. on November 12, 2016. When an officer approached the vehicle, W.B. was asleep behind the wheel. The officer noted that a “strong order” of alcohol was emanating from Benitez’s breath and his eyes were bloodshot. The cop then put W.B. through a variety of field sobriety tests, which he failed.

traffic stopIf you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, obtaining legal counsel early could potentially help you avoid thousands of dollars in fines, and even jail time. Our highly skilled New Jersey DWI attorneys will meticulously analyze the circumstances of your case so we build the strongest defense possible.

You have probably heard of the “Drive Sober, Get Pulled Over” campaign in New Jersey but the state has now launched another campaign. The National Highway Traffic Safety Transportation added this component to its campaign to run through Labor Day weekend – a time when drunk driving accidents typically spike. The new message read as follows “When you feel different, you drive different. If you drive high, you get a DUI.”

In New Jersey, almost one-third of traffic related fatalities in the state involve alcohol impairment. With the possible legalization of marijuana, coupled with increasing drug DWI rate in the state, the campaign aims to alert the public about the consequences of driving under the influence–and perhaps for good reason, since drugged driving rates appear to be on the rise across the country. According to one National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Roadside Survey, more than 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, over-the-counter or prescription drugs.

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drunk drivingDrunk driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal offense with the potential for severe penalties in New Jersey. If you have been charged with a DWI, you need to reach out to a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney who can help protect your rights. With extensive experience, we understand the nuances of this area of law and can apply our knowledge to your case.

Brownsville, Texas topped the list of cities with America’s safest drivers, according to the 14th annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. The report ranks the 200 largest cities in the U.S. based on collision frequency. The average driver in the U.S. will experience a collision approximately once every 10 years according to Allstate claims data. The 2018 data shows that New Jersey has 3 of the top 200 safest driving cities in the country, although the number of years between claims for each of these cities fell below the national 10-year average. Jersey city ranked 114 on the list with an average of 8 years between accident claims; Paterson ranked 148 on the list with an average of 7.3 years between accident claims; and Newark ranked 173 with an average of 6.7 years between accident claims.

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, including drunk driving. Just because you have been charged with a DWI does not mean you will automatically be convicted. In some cases, you may be charged with drunk driving when you were not actually guilty of the offense. Perhaps there was a different explanation for your driving or behavior (i.e., fatigue). In other cases, your DWI charge may have originated from improper police conduct (i.e., an illegal stop). We will analyze the facts of your case and determine any and all defenses that are relevant and applicable.

A drugged driving charge should never be taken lightly because it can have far-reaching consequences for a person’s life. If you have been charged with or arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, you need a seasoned New Jersey drugged driving attorney on your side. With extensive experience in this area of law, we understand the defenses that may apply. You can rest assured that we will zealously fight to protect your rights at every step of your case.Legal News Gavel

Drugged driving has become a bigger problem than drunk driving in New Jersey. In fact, according to AAA Northeast, which scrutinized traffic fatality data from the past decade, more dead drivers in New Jersey tested positive for drugs than alcohol in 2016 and 2017, reversing the trend from 2007 to 2014.

Cannabinoids and narcotics were the drugs most commonly found in deceased drivers. The data show that during 2016, about 39 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs, with approximately 19 percent testing positive for cannabinoids and 12 percent for narcotics. These figures have significantly increased from 2007, when there were a total of 55 fatally injured drugged drivers, or 15 percent testing positive for drugs, with 6 percent testing positive for cannabinoids and just 3 percent for narcotics. Alcohol on its own, however, played a role in more deaths than any individual drug.

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Drunk driving charges should never be taken lightly. In addition to a criminal conviction, this charge can lead to job loss and reputation loss as well. If you or someone you know has been charged with DWI, it is imperative that you have an experienced New Jersey DWI attorney on your side. You can rest assured that we will vigorously pursue all of the available legal options in an effort to obtain a favorable result. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns.Legal News Gavel

New Jersey’s state program “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” encourages law enforcement agencies to increase public awareness about the hazards of drunk driving. The program will be implemented this year by the Summit Police Department from August 16 to September 4.

The campaign involves highly visible enforcement in conjunction with targeted media presence. Studies show that high-visibility law enforcement can reduce alcohol-related accidents by as much as 20 percent, according to Traffic Lieutenant David L. Richel.

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If you have been cited for a DWI in a school zone, you need to reach out to a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney without delay.

An alleged drunk driver was involved in two accidents in a school zone last week, according to the Mendham Borough police. The 50-year-old woman from Bernardsville was charged with drunk driving and driving in a school zone and ticketed with reckless driving, failure to keep right, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident after the crash. Police were notified when multiple residents from the area called to report the incidents.Legal News Gavel

The first crash entailed the intoxicated woman hitting a parked Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was pushed into another truck. Witnesses to the incident told cops that the woman got out of her vehicle about 50 feet away and then got back into the car and drove off. A short while later, she crashed into a Mercedes Benz. Even at this point, she did not stop. She kept driving and was ultimately pulled over by the police.

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