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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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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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mapIf you have been arrested or charged with a DWI, it is important to reach out to a skilled New Jersey DWI defense attorney who can help. The penalties for a New Jersey DWI can vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case. It is generally some combination of license suspension, monetary fines, mandatory interlock ignition installation in your vehicle, and even jail time. The stakes are high, which is why is imperative to act quickly.

Drunk driving is a serious problem across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 28 people in the United States die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.

But there is some good news: New Jersey has one of America’s lowest rates of drunk driving incidents. BackgroundChecks.org compiled data from the CDC, the Department of Transportation, and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving to form a list of the best and worst states for drunk driving. On that list, New Jersey ranks 4th . New York tops the list, followed by Massachusetts and Illinois. These states boast the lowest drunk driving rates in the nation. According to the report, 111 people died as a result of drunk driving in the state of New Jersey in 2016, a 31.3 percent decrease from the preceding year.

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