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July 2014 Archives

New Jersey driver charged with DWI after mini-pursuit

On July 13 at around 2 a.m., Vineland police received reports that there was a suspected drunk driver in the area of Elmer Road and Delsea Drive. According to police reports, the vehicle in question was a Toyota Tundra that was reportedly driving erratically on the road and running stop signs. An officer was dispatched to the area, and, while at the intersection of South East Avenue and East Elmer Road, he stated that he saw the driver of the Tundra go through a four-way stop at 20 mph and nearly hit a curb.

New Jersey bill calls for cameras in all police vehicles

A New Jersey assemblyman is hoping that Governor Chris Christie doesn't veto a bill that would require vehicles operated by law enforcement agencies in the state to be equipped with cameras. The same measure was passed in January, but the governor did not sign the bill into law before the end of the legislative session. Assemblyman Paul Moriarty introduced the bill after footage from a dashboard mounted camera helped to exonerate him after he was accused of drunk driving.

Can I lose my job because of a DWI arrest?

Among the many questions we receive from potential clients, a number are concerned with the same thing: “Will I lose my job?” The answer depends on a number of factors, including your criminal history, your line of work and whether your job performance was in question before your DWI arrest.

Can the police search my car during a routine traffic stop?

Being stopped by a police officer for a possible traffic violation can be a common experience. However, being asked to step out of the vehicle, or for the officer to ask to search the car are two questions that few people encounter. Because of this, there may be some confusion over what a person may do (or say) to protect their rights.

Court upholds conviction for woman who refused breath test

A New Jersey woman who allegedly refused to submit to a breath test in April 2012 had her conviction upheld in a state appeals court. The defendant was required to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle, spend 48 hours in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center and submit to a two-year license suspension.

How the recent Supreme Court ruling could affect you

In a prior post, we highlighted the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision regarding the search of cellular phones and electronic tablets. Essentially, police had been conducting unauthorized searches of these devices upon arresting a suspect, and using the information to link them to other, unrelated crimes that were generally much more serious than the crime they were originally arrested for.

Alleged drunk driver strikes police car in New Jersey

A Raritan woman has been charged in a drunk driving incident after allegedly running into a police car in the early hours of July 4. At approximately 2:49 a.m., the woman allegedly sideswiped a patrol car that was parked on the side of West Sylvania Avenue. The patrol car's lights were flashing at the time of the incident, according to the Neptune City public safety director.

Can I be charged for refusing a field sobriety test in New Jersey?

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend quickly approaching, we find it prudent to touch upon the dangers of drinking and driving. It should come as no surprise that there will be additional patrols across New Jersey highways this weekend. Independence Day is one of the most dangerous times on the road for drivers; comparable to New Year’s Eve with regard to the number of crashes and fatalities due to alcohol use. 

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