As a New Jersey drunk driving defense attorney, I understand how alcohol — beer, wine, hard liquor and other adult beverages — remains the so-called legal drug of choice for most people. Other illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, meth and illegally procured prescription medications are the other side of the coin.
Regardless of the type, society, the courts and the police have made it clear than any substance that impairs motor skills when driving is deemed a threat to the public’s safety. That is why we have DWI laws and drug DUI statutes as well. Being stopped by the cops for driving while intoxicated, whether due to home-brewed ale or home-grown weed will likely get you arrested.
Having a qualified drunk driving attorney at your side is one of the better strategies in cases such as this. A recent news story coming out of Mount Olive, NJ, illustrates the kind of arrest that happens many times over during the year. According to reports, an out-of-state motorist was pulled over for a routine traffic violation — a broken windshield and an obscured license plate.
During the traffic stop, police allegedly discovered marijuana and crack cocaine in Joseph Kacmarik’s vehicle. Doing a background check, police discovered that the Pennsylvania resident previously had his New Jersey driving privileges suspended.
As the suspect got out from his car, officers noticed what looked like marijuana on the driver’s seat. Based on this suspicion, police searched the vehicle and came up with a glass pipe that reportedly had burnt crack cocaine residue in it.
Kacmarik was ultimately charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, unsafe vehicle and cracked windshield. Kacmarik was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000.
Mount Olive arrests Pennsylvania motorist on drug charges, NJ.com,
March 19, 2010