Here in the Garden State, drunken driving arrests are not uncommon, especially during the summer months when company picnics, family gatherings and friendly get-togethers are much more frequent. The point is, while being pulled over for driving under the influence may not be unusual during most of the year, getting a summons for DWI or breath test refusal this time of year can be downright predictable, at least to experienced drunk driving attorneys.
A range of alcohol- and drug-related arrests can be seen every week in the police blotter section of the news pages here in Monmouth County, as well as Ocean, Bergen and Middlesex counties. As professional drunken driving defense lawyers, I and my staff have seen our share of courtroom scenarios, from auto accidents allegedly caused by motorists accused of driving while intoxicated by beer, wine or hard liquor, to individuals arrested and charged with impaired driving related to prescription drug use (drug DUI).
And we are no strangers to defending drivers charged with DUIs allegedly caused by controlled dangerous substances (CDS) like marijuana. Whether the charge is DUI or simple possession of weed in a motor vehicle, anyone accused of these kinds of offenses should take very seriously the implications and potential penalties for a conviction on such charges.
Below is a brief summary of some of the more recent arrests in and around Red Bank, NJ, regarding DWI and DUI offenses. These reflect the typical circumstances surrounding many of the legal defense cases that hit courtrooms all over New Jersey.
— Red Bank police arrested a 55-year-old Rumson resident for driving under the influence on a Sunday along a stretch of Monmouth Street.
— In a possible case of underage alcohol possession, two teenage boys were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and underage possession. The two police officers arrested the two teens, one 16-year-old and one 17-year-old, on a Saturday in the vicinity of East Newman Springs Road in Red Bank.
— A 48-year-old Union, New Jersey, resident was stopped by police along a stretch of North Bridge Avenue likely for a routine traffic offense on a Friday in July. During the traffic stop, the arresting officer apparently detected signs of alcohol consumption on the part of the motorist and subsequently arrested the man and charge him with DWI.
— A 22-year-old local resident was arrested by Red Bank police on a Wednesday in the vicinity of Bridge Avenue on the grounds of having a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). The individual was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, as well as receiving stolen property.
— A routine traffic stop on a Tuesday along a stretch of Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, apparently turned into an arrest for intoxicated driving for one 22-year-old motorist from Middletown, NJ. Police charged the man with DWI.
— Another 22-year-old male, a resident of Lincroft, NJ, was apparently stopped for a typical traffic infraction by a Red Bank police officer on a Monday along a stretch of West Front Street. Likely the driver was suspected of drinking and driving, after which the arresting officer charged the man with DWI.
— A local Red Bank resident was stopped by police on a Sunday in the area of River Street and found to have a quantity of weed on his person. The 26-year-old male was arrested by police and charged with CDS possession, specifically less than 50 grams of marijuana.