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Legal News GavelWhen a driver is stopped due to driving while intoxicated (DWI), a frequent problem that arises after an investigation has been done involves the driver resisting arrest. If you or a loved one has been charged with resisting arrest in New Jersey, it is vital that you speak with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney. With extensive experience, we are committed to providing aggressive and effective DWI defense services every step of the way.

Last month, 48-year-old actor Vince Vaughn was arrested in California for a DUI and resisting arrest. Vaughn was stopped at a checkpoint in Hermosa Beach around 1 a.m. local time before being taken into custody. His passenger was also arrested for public intoxication. The news comes after the Manhattan Police Department announced that there would be DUI checkpoint over the weekend with a “zero tolerance” policy where any driver over the legal alcohol limit would be arrested.

In New Jersey, resisting arrest during a DWI stop can land you in serious trouble. The basic offense of a DWI in the state consists of driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. If you are under 21 years of age, you can be charged with a DWI for a BAC of 0.01 percent or higher.

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Legal News GavelIf 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.

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Legal News GavelA DWI conviction can have long-lasting consequences for a person’s life. If you have been charged with a DWI, you need to reach out to a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney who can help. When a person has been arrested for a DWI, there are certain procedural safeguards that must be obeyed by law enforcement. Unfortunately, these rules are not always followed. We can examine the merits of your case and determine whether any of your rights was violated.

The basic offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) consists of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Alcohol is not the only basis for a DWI in New Jersey. You can also be arrested or charged with a DWI if you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs – whether legal, illegal, or prescription.

A possible defense in New Jersey DWI cases is that the police did not watch you for 20 minutes prior to administering the breath test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Breath tests are not always reliable. In fact, these tests can yield false results due to conditions like acid reflux disease or diabetes, or when a person has belched in the preceding 20 minutes. This is why New Jersey police officers are required to follow certain rules and regulations pertaining to breath tests. One of these rules is that a driver must be observed for 20 minutes to make sure he or she did not vomit, belch, touch lips or tongue, or ingest any liquid or objects.

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Legal News GavelIf you have been charged with underage DWI in New Jersey, you need a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney on your side. Drinking and driving is always a bad idea, regardless of your age. However, when underage drivers are charged or convicted of a DWI, it can have far-reaching consequences for their lives. Beyond the traditional penalties, such as fines and license suspension, a DWI conviction could affect your college, employment, and housing applications. Thus, a DWI charge should never be taken lightly. You can trust that we will help build a strong defense in your case.

Earlier this week, a Franklin man was arrested for drunk driving after he was found asleep behind the wheel at a traffic light. The man, just 20 years old, was charged with underage driving while intoxicated, careless driving, failure to keep right, delaying traffic, and failure to observe traffic signal.

Police responded to a report that a motorist was asleep at the light. When an officer arrived at the scene, he noticed that the driver was asleep with his foot still on the brake pedal. The police officer proceeded to wake the driver up, engaged in conversation with him, and determined he was showing signs of intoxication. The man then failed a field sobriety test and was charged.

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Legal News GavelA drunk driving charge or arrest can be extremely damaging to one’s professional and personal reputation. If you have been charged with a DWI, you need to reach out to a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney who can help. With years of experience, we are committed to defending our clients and protecting their rights at every step of the way.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a million people across the country were arrested for driving under the influence in 2016. That same year, about 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the country involved alcohol-impaired driving. While states have tried to implement many different anti-DWI measures over the years, it is hard to know which ones have truly been effective.

In New Jersey, the basic offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) occurs when a person operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above. It is important to note that a person can be charged with a DWI if they are under the influence of a drug that impairs their ability to drive safely. This can be a legal or illegal drug.

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DWI charges can have life-long consequences. These charges can be even more severe when they are coupled with other charges, such as operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license or assault by auto. If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey, you need to reach out to a New Jersey DWI lawyer who can help. With years of experience, we know how to defend your case in an effective manner.

Last week, a woman was charged with a DWI after she crashed into the back of a car, causing a 12-year-old child in the back sear to be ejected from the car. The child, whose name was not released, had to be airlifted to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson for serious injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the vehicle who was rear-ended was not injured, and a third passenger suffered minor injuries.

Police say that the driver had a suspended driver’s license at the time of the accident. As a result, in addition to the DWI, she was charged with assault by auto, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and causing severe bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

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Legal News GavelIf you or someone you know was arrested for drunk driving, you need to reach out to a skilled New Jersey DWI defense attorney who can help. At our firm, we are dedicated to making sure each client’s case gets the personal attention it deserves. You can rest assured that our goal is to have your charges dropped or dismissed. We can examine your case and help determine an appropriate legal strategy for this.

In New Jersey, the offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) consists of driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. A DWI offense is not limited to alcohol. To the contrary, being under the influence of drugs can give rise to a DWI as well. New Jersey law prohibits persons from getting behind the wheel while under the influence of “any narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug.” These include illegal drugs, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications.

Statistically speaking, drivers have a higher chance of getting their DWI case dismissed compared to a decade ago. DWI conviction rates are generally high in New Jersey. In 2008, 85 percent of individuals were found guilty of their DWI charges and were required to accept license suspensions, hefty fines, and more. According to the state judiciary, that rate has decreased to 71 percent over the last 10 years. Additionally, the percentage of DWI charges that were dismissed has more than doubled to 24 percent in 2017.

Legal News GavelWhile many drunk driving accidents involve other vehicles, a number of these accidents are single-vehicle crashes. If you or someone close to you has been arrested for a DWI after a single-vehicle accident, you need to contact a seasoned New Jersey DWI defense attorney who knows how to get results. DWI laws are tough, and the penalties for a conviction are severe. With many years of experience, you can trust that we understand how to protect your rights.

In New Jersey, the basic offense of a DWI consists of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. If you are under the age of 21, you can be prosecuted for driving while intoxicated (DWI) if you have a BAC of 0.01 percent or higher. Drivers over the appropriate limit will be considered to be driving while intoxicated.

A single-vehicle accident is a type of motor vehicle accident in which only one vehicle is involved. The unfortunate reality is that single-car accidents are more common than you may think. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that approximately 55 percent of motor vehicle deaths in 2016 took place in single-vehicle accidents. It is important to note that in New Jersey, an individual can be charged for a DWI in a single-vehicle crash.

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Legal News GavelAnyone charged with a DWI offense should understand the seriousness of the charge by seeking the help and guidance of a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney. At our firm, we have defended many clients in their DWI cases and can defend you as well. With years of experience, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients at every step of the way.

A New Jersey state trooper’s failure to follow a step in the Alcotest calibration process has raised issues about the validity of subsequent breath test results. In a comprehensive report released by the state judiciary, retired Judge Joseph Lisa stated the improper conduct of a state trooper possibly undermined DWI convictions over an eight-year time frame. The findings could result in over 20,000 drunk driving cases being tossed out.

Last year, our blog covered the story about Sgt. Marc Dennis potentially improperly calibrating Alcotest devices. Shortly thereafter, Judge Lisa was appointed by the state Supreme Court to conduct hearings on cases handled by Dennis, a coordinator in the State Police Alcohol Drug Testing Unit, whose job entailed testing the accuracy of breath-test devices used by New Jersey Police. In 2016, it was alleged that Dennis lied on official documents about performing a legally required temperature check while calibrating three Alcotest devices, which are designed to measure the blood-alcohol level of allegedly intoxicated drivers.

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Legal News GavelMost people know that if they operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can be charged with a DWI. However, few people know that you can be charged with a DWI even if you are not driving the vehicle. If you are a passenger who has been arrested or charged with a DWI, you need to contact a skilled New Jersey drunk driving defense attorney as soon as possible. The aftermath of such a charge can be costly both in terms of time and money, but we are committed to helping you fight the charges.

Under New Jersey law, any individual who operates a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug may be found guilty of driving while intoxicated (DWI). When it comes to DWI charges based on inebriation by alcohol, the person’s blood alcohol concentration must be 0.08 percent or higher.

New Jersey’s DWI statute is quite broad. In fact, under New Jersey Statute 34:4-50(a), a police officer can charge a person sitting in a passenger seat for a DWI if the passenger “permitted” the driver to operate the motor vehicle while under the influence. It is important to note that in order for the passenger to be charged, the passenger must have been under the influence as well or found to have knowledge of the offense.

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