If you are facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in New Jersey, you are at risk of losing your driver’s license, paying hefty fines and even going to jail. The stakes are too high and a DWI conviction can negatively impact virtually every aspect of your life. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a DWI, you need to consult our aggressive and knowledgeable New Jersey DWI attorneys as soon as possible.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with other organizations, recently announced a national campaign to raise awareness about marijuana-impaired driving. The campaign’s motto, “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different,” hopes to encourage drivers to recognize that they should not drive under the influence of marijuana. NHTSA’s newest national roadside evaluation highlights that from the years of 2007-2013, there was an almost 50 percent spike in weekend nighttime drivers who tested positive for some type of marijuana. Part of the campaign’s purpose is to emphasize that while it may be legal to use marijuana in your state, it is still illegal to get behind the wheel under the influence of the drug.
In New Jersey, it is against the law to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of any drug that hinders your ability to drive in a safe manner. In fact, you can still be charged with a drug DWI even if you had a valid prescription so long as the prosecutor can show that the drug impaired your ability to operate a motor vehicle. This law does not specify a certain amount of drugs that must be in your system and, unlike alcohol content, which can easily be measured by a breath test, there is no standard test to figure out if you are under the influence of drugs. Rather, you can be charged with a drug DWI if you seem impaired by drugs to the arresting officer.