As we have noted in previous posts, New Jersey drunk driving law differs somewhat from other states. Authorities consider first offenses traffic violations. Even so, penalties can be significant. To warrant a felony charge, the elements of the crime must be much more severe.
There are some things you don't do. Sailors know you don't spit into the wind. Singer Jim Croce observed that you don't pull on Superman's cape. In New Jersey, if police and asked you to submit to a breath test, you don't refuse. It could result in the immediate loss of your license regardless of whether you're under driving under the influence or not.
If convicted of a DUI offense in New Jersey, your license will be suspended for a set period. This suspension starts at three months for a first offense (seven months if your BAC was above .10), and gets longer for subsequent DUI convictions.
With most DUIs, the prosecution's case usually rests on the results of a blood alcohol content (BAC) test. Breathalyzer tests and blood screening are the most common methods used by law enforcement, though it is also possible to measure an individual's BAC using samples of hair follicles, urine or saliva.
One year after a drunk driving program providing free rides home for inebriated revelers was introduced, police in Evesham Township have credited the scheme with a 15% decrease in DUI arrests.
Drunk driving laws in New Jersey differ from the vast majority of the country. A DUI is considered both a traffic violation and a criminal offense in most states, and can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on numerous contributing factors.