36 Percent of Surveyed Americans Admitted to Driving While Blackout Drunk

If you have been charged with drunk driving, you may be facing strict and debilitating penalties. Our New Jersey DWI lawyers understand the state’s criminal defense laws and we know first hand that experience counts. Having handled and resolved countless DWI cases, we know how to provide clients with a full legal defense in an effort to mitigate adverse consequences.. Acting quickly after being charged is imperative in these cases, so please do not wait to call our office.

Despite countless awareness campaigns surrounding the dangers of drunk driving, it continues to be a major problem. A new study published by the American Addiction Centers revealed some alarming trends about drinking and driving habits in the US. The report surveyed 600 Americans. When examining the number of times individuals had driven after drinking in the preceding 30 days, the survey found that 23.2 percent of people admitted to driving after drinking at least 1-2 times and 21.7 percent of respondents admitted to drinking and driving over 6 times. Shockingly, 36 percent admitted to driving while blackout drunk while almost 50 percent admitted to being passengers of a drunk driver. In addition, 53.5 percent of survey respondents said they feel capable of driving after drinking as opposed to 46.5 percent who said they do not.

Just because drunk driving is a major problem in the country does not mean everyone charged with the offense is guilty. New Jersey law makes it a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher if you are 21 years of age or older. The legal limit is lower for individuals under 21 as well as for commercial drivers. If you have been charged with a DWI, one of the following defenses may be applicable in your case:

  • Improper stop – this is a common defense and involves the claim that the officer did not have probable cause to make the initial traffic stop. In other words, the police offer did not have a valid legal reason to pull you over.
  • Improper administration of field sobriety test -an arrest may be considered improper if it was based on an improperly administered field sobriety test or erroneous results.
  • Improper administration of a breathalyzer test –the breathalyzer test may be challenged if it was not administered properly due to the officer’s inexperience or lack of training; if the test was flawed due to the machine not being calibrated properly; and/or any intervening factors such as sickness or indigestion that may have affected the test results.
  • Chain of custody of a blood test – this defense raises issues about the administration of a blood test and/or whether it was meddled with or otherwise mismanaged in the chain of custody.

Drunk driving charges are extremely serious and a conviction can carry severe penalties. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you need to consult one of our seasoned New Jersey DWI attorneys. Beyond all the typical reasons why it is important to hire an attorney when facing criminal charges, impaired driving cases carry unique concerns. With years of experience, our team understands how to navigate these complex cases. For a free consultation regarding your case, please call us at 877-450-8301 or contact us online today.