With the days getting longer, many people already know that the summer driving season is fast on its way, and with it tens of thousands of vacationers — both local and out-of-state — heading to the Jersey Shore and other vacation venues. Now is the time when drinking and driving is a common topic in law enforcement circles throughout the state. Saturation patrols, drunken driving roadblocks and overall increases in anti-DWI enforcement are back as usual.
As highly experienced drunk driving defense lawyers, my colleagues and I have dedicated ourselves to assisting drivers who have been accused of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or impaired by prescription or illicit drugs. Certainly, there is a percentage of motorists charged with DWI or drug DUI that believe they do in no way deserve being accused of such offenses. In such cases, it is possible that police may have made a poor judgment call based on faulty observations. In other instances, whether the driver was truly intoxicated becomes a serious point of contention due to a possible procedural error on the officer’s part.
Improper procedure, such as that required when conducting a breathalyzer test, can have a significant impact on the outcome of a drunken driving case, which can ultimately result in a dismissal or reduction in the charges. If the prosecution cannot clearly show that the officer made a proper traffic stop to begin with, this is also a potential avenue for a motion to dismiss the charges against the defendant. Naturally, the details of the incident and the facts presented at trial will have a great bearing on the judge’s decision in the case.