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May 2015 Archives

Arrested at a sobriety checkpoint? Seek legal counsel quickly

It is likely that quite a few people reading this spent some time with friends or family socializing last weekend. In the course of those social gatherings it is possible that some people may have consumed alcohol and then, thinking that they were okay, gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle to drive. Assuming that people would take this action over the long holiday weekend, law enforcement officers in the state of New Jersey set up sobriety checkpoints.  

Slow driving leads to traffic stop and drunk driving charge

Police in New Jersey took three men into custody on May 24 after a vehicle aroused the suspicions of an officer because it was being driven slowly. The events unfolded in Toms River at approximately 10:20 p.m. Driving at an excessively slow speed has been cited by police officers as probable cause for a traffic stop.

New Jersey woman allegedly drove baby around while intoxicated

Police say that a 28-year-old New Jersey woman was driving while under the influence of alcohol with a 6-month-old baby in the car. Authorities stopped her vehicle after spotting it on Belleville Turnpike, and they say that the right front wheel of the car looked like it was about to fall off. After an inspection of the car, they found the a baby in a car seat that was not properly secured.

Is theft always a component of burglary charges in New Jersey?

While it is not uncommon for someone to end up facing burglary and theft charges, it is important to remember that in New Jersey these are both two completely different charges. Each comes with its own set of potential consequences, including fines and prison time.

New Jersey appeals court: Cops can't routinely target passengers

In 2011, two Woodbridge police detectives had their eye out for a particular Ford Bronco. They had received some calls from concerned citizens claiming that there was an unusual amount of activity at the Bronco owner's apartment, and they suspected drug activity.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DWI blood tests retroactive in N.J.

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling stating that authorities must obtain a search warrant before taking blood samples from drunk driving suspects except in emergency situations. On May 4, the New Jersey Supreme Court said that decision applies retroactively to all cases that had not yet been decided when the U.S. high court's ruling came down in 2013.

Information for CDL holders facing DUI allegations

New Jersey residents who hold commercial driver's licenses might be interested in learning about the differences between DUIs filed against professional drivers and charges levied against the non-commercial drivers. The commercial driver category encompasses a wide variety of drivers, including any person who owns or leases commercial motor vehicles.

Supreme Ct.: Cops can't drag out traffic stops to await drug dogs

One of the more startling aspects of the War on Drugs has been its influence on the relationship between police officers and citizens. Aside from alleged racism in its enforcement, the drug war has turned every encounter between law enforcement and the public into a potential confrontation. Drugs are relatively easy to hide after all, and just about anyone could have them -- and police officers have been told to root out such dastardly villains with every tool at their disposal.

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