If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, you need the help of a skilled New Jersey drug DWI attorney who can help. A driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction can have serious and far-reaching consequences for your life. Thus, such a charge should not be taken lightly. Our firm can assess the merits of your case and evaluate any and all potential defenses that may be applicable.
In New Jersey, the basic offense of a DWI takes place when a person operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above. Under state law, it is illegal to operate a vehicle if your ability is impaired, even if you took prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In other words, the drugs do not have to be illegal to form the basis of a DWI.
A recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that drugged driving is becoming more of an issue on the roads, and more and more drivers in deadly crashes are found with drugs in their system. In fact, the study found that more drivers were high than drunk in 2016. Over the past decade, the rate of drunk driving has decreased by about 3 percent, but drugged driving has increased by 16 percentage points from 2006 to 2016. Consider the following: approximately 44 percent of drivers who died in car crashes in 2016 were on drugs at the time, while in 2006, only 28 percent were.