Summer may be over, but New Jersey’s law enforcement agencies are still hard at work looking for motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol (DWI) or drugs (DUI). A sobriety checkpoint is scheduled for this evening near Belmar, NJ. According to a news report, the Monmouth County drunk driving task force, with cooperation from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, will be pulling vehicles over between the hours of 11pm Saturday night and 3am Sunday morning along the southbound lanes of New Jersey’s Route 35 in Belmar.
As a New Jersey DWI defense lawyer, I am very familiar with the police department’s use of sobriety checkpoints. Sometimes referred to as roadblocks, they are commonly used to identify drivers impaired by alcohol, or prescription or illegal drugs. As part of these sobriety roadblocks, police usually request drivers suspected of driving while intoxicated to take one or more field sobriety tests.
Also on hand is usually a breath-testing device, like the Alcotest machine, which is used to determine the specific amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream. The legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) in New Jersey is 0.08 percent.
Anyone who is arrested for DWI, taken into custody for drug DUI, or is issued a summons for breath test refusal is encouraged to retain an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. All of the lawyers at The Law Offices of John Marshall are certified in the operation and maintenance of the Alcotest device, as well as the standardized field sobriety tests established by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Only a small handful of New Jersey law firms can make this claim. We have the experience and background to represent individuals accused of drunk driving anywhere in New Jersey, which is why clients turn to us for highly skilled legal assistance.
Two DWI checkpoints scheduled in Monmouth County this weekend, APP.com, September 17, 2009