On Nov. 3, a woman was charged with DWI and possession of heroin on Oct. 14 after other drivers reported that she was driving in an erratic manner on a New Jersey interstate. The state police stated that authorities found her at a Flying J truck stop in the Carneys Point area off of Interstate 295.

When authorities searched the 20-year-old woman’s gray Nissan Rogue, they reportedly recovered heroin and a hypodermic needle. She also reportedly did not pass a balance test. She was taken into custody and was released. It was not reported when she was scheduled to return to court.

In the state of New Jersey, the blood alcohol concentration limit for those under the age of 21 is .02 percent. Depending on the person’s BAC when they were taken into custody, they could lose their licences for up to 10 years depending on whether they have prior DWI convictions. The person may also be required to attend mandatory alcohol education classes and treatment. Depending on the situation, they may have their vehicle impounded and the court could require their vehicle to have an ignition interlock device installed.

People who have been issued their first DWI charge may face a wide range of consequences upon conviction. In some cases, they may be unable to work if their vehicle is impounded and they may be required to pay up significant fines. A criminal defense attorney may help them keep their driving privileges so that they can continue to work. In the meantime, the attorney may potentially challenge the field sobriety tests that were given and, in some cases, the admissibility of evidence seized from the vehicle if there was no probable cause for the initial traffic stop.

Source: NJ, “Florida woman charged with DWI, heroin possession in South Jersey”, Brittany Wehner, Nov. 3, 2015