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October 2014 Archives

Beware of drunk driving patrols on Halloween night

Last year, many people in our region made it a long weekend, with Halloween falling on a Thursday. This year, All Hallows Eve falls on a Friday. With the weekend starting that evening, it is likely that law enforcement will be out in force to look for drunk drivers.

Wrong-way NJ driver faces DWI charge

Police in New Jersey believe that a 56-year-old woman was drunk when she drove in the wrong direction on the Garden State Parkway in the early morning hours of Oct. 9. A state police representative said that the Egg Harbor resident entered the wrong way of the parkway from the Atlantic City Service Area. The woman is then said to have continued northbound in the southbound lanes for about 12 miles before exiting near New Gretna.

Federal inmates to apply for clemency program

It appears that the clemency push initiated by the Obama Administration last year is expected to continue. Beginning with Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments to the American Bar Association last summer about changing the way federal prosecutors handle low-level drug possession cases, to the first set of inmates being freed after decades in prison, it seems that lawmakers are committed to righting the wrongs created through the federal government’s “War on Drugs” in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

What are the penalties for drunk driving in New Jersey?

Many New Jersey drivers may not be fully aware of the penalties that can accompany a DWI conviction. While all DWI-related penalties are serious on their own, the severity of these penalties may increase depending on the offender's blood alcohol content and prior convictions.

What does an 'odor' of alcohol mean for my DUI arrest?

Officers will almost always indicate that they smelled an “odor of alcohol” coming from the vehicle (or the driver) when setting out facts to justify a DUI arrest. But it is interesting to know what such an odor actually smells like. This is because alcohol, by itself, doesn’t have a smell. In fact, the strongest alcoholic beverages (i.e. vodka, gin, bourbon) do not have distinctive smells, unless they are flavored.

DWI charge for New Jersey man following 3-vehicle crash

New Jersey State Police report that a man was taken into custody for allegedly driving drunk and causing a multi-vehicle wreck in Bernards Township on Oct. 3. The 49-year-old man's SUV reportedly collided with a semi-trailer on Route 78, causing the semi-trailer to overturn.

Michael Phelps to deal with latest DUI arrest

U.S. Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps won’t be getting into the pool anytime soon. The 18 time medal winner announced that he would be checking into an in-patient treatment program following his arrest last week for drunk driving. According to a USA Today report, Phelps is alleged to have been speeding (going 84 in a 45 mph zone), driving recklessly and illegally crossing double lines while going through the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Maryland. 

Man arrested for allegedly smuggling turtles in his pants

We try to refrain from highlighting “stupid criminal” stories on this blog. After all, we tend to make our living defending good people who have made questionable choices in their lives. But sometimes there are stories that even make us shake our heads. A story reported by the New York Daily News ( highlighted a smuggler with a highly unusual cargo.

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