Drunk driving traffic stops can make it difficult for you to think. You probably know that you shouldn't have been driving after you were drinking. Still, mistakes can occur every now and then. Knowing what you should do if you see those flashing lights can help you make decisions about how you will handle the situation.
New Jersey football enthusiasts may be interested to learn that Indianapolis Colts player David Parry was accused of stealing a golf cart and driving while under the influence of alcohol in Arizona on Feb. 25. The 24-year-old defensive tackle was ultimately charged with seven offenses.
On Feb. 20, a New Jersey woman was taken into police custody after she was accused of driving drunk and tailgating a police vehicle. The report stated that the 50-year-old woman had a minor child in the vehicle with her when the incident occurred.
The country is in a major state of flux what with the new administration getting underway in Washington. Few would say that it's business as usual. Indeed, many observers say the focus on communication through cryptic social media like Twitter leaves the general public unable to know what to expect next.
Being convicted of driving under the influence in New Jersey can cost a defendant a lot. Besides losing your driving privileges, possibly spending time incarcerated and paying some hefty fines, having a DUI conviction on your record can crimp your future. Job prospects and education hopes could be hurt. Help from an experienced attorney could make a huge difference in the outcome.
As was noted in our last post, social attitudes toward marijuana use seem to be easing. Legal attitudes, however, are proving to be moving at a much slower pace. Still, there are signs of change even there.
New Jersey, like many states, allows marijuana use for some medical reasons. The practice is strictly controlled. While social attitudes regarding marijuana seem to be relaxing, state laws are in flux and marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
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.
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.
In our previous blog post, we discussed boating under the influence and how that charge can have a significant impact on your life. The same is true for all drunk driving cases. We know that you might not be sure where to turn right now. You are facing serious charges that can strip away your ability to legally drive, your freedom and your financial security. That is a worrisome place to be in.