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December 2014 Archives

New Jersey public official detained for impaired driving

According to reports, on Dec. 20, the mayor of Paulsboro was taken into custody for drinking and driving following a traffic stop. Woolwich police reportedly responded to the scene after they received an anonymous tip regarding a vehicle that was swerving on Paulsboro Road. When authorities stopped the vehicle, they reportedly found the mayor behind the wheel. He underwent field sobriety tests that determined that he was impaired. However, his specific BAC level was not reported, and it was unclear if the accused was subjected to a blood test.

Smartphone breath testers could gain in popularity

In our last post, we wrote about how additional drunk driving patrols will be on New Jersey highways throughout the holiday season. At this time of year, not only do drivers have to deal with the elements, it is much more likely that drunk drivers will be on the road. Indeed, law enforcement agencies have a special incentive to keep dangerous drivers off the road, as no one wants to be a holiday accident statistic.

What to expect during Christmas week

A few weeks ago, we wrote on how the Thanksgiving holiday was the gateway to the holiday driving season. Essentially, this meant that additional drunk driving patrols would be showing up across New Jersey highways. With Christmas coming next week, it is expected that people will be taking to the road once again to travel.

DUI charges against Lambertville Mayor dropped

According to court records, charges against the Lambertville Mayor accusing him of driving under the influence were dismissed on Dec. 11 in Mansfield Municipal Court. In exchange for the dismissal, the mayor reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of reckless driving and failing to maintain a lane for the Nov. 9 incident.

What is 'actual physical control' and why does it matter?

As criminal defense attorneys, we have heard our share of drunk driving arrest stories. They range from the close and unfortunate (e.g. “I was right around the corner from my house when they stopped me.”), to the “what were you thinking” variety (e.g. picking up someone from the police station while drunk). Perhaps the most unfortunate drunk driving arrest comes when a person is asleep in a car or is close to their vehicle.

Mayor of a city in New Jersey charged with DUI

According to police, the mayor of Lambertville was detained in November on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. The 58-year-old mayor allegedly consumed alcohol before driving on Route 130 on Nov. 9 and was stopped by Lambertville law enforcement officials shortly after 1 a.m.

Be careful what you agree to through plea bargains

In most criminal cases, a resolution is reached between the prosecution and the accused through a plea agreement. Essentially, in exchange for a guilty plea, the prosecution will accept a sentence that is less than what is punishable under the law.  In a prior post, we broached the topic of whether the accused should take a plea deal. Basically, the decision centers on whether the accused can deal with the consequences of having an adverse result at trial.

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