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Drunk driver sentenced to 21 years in prison after killing 3

An accusation of drunk driving that's connected to a fatal car accident is a very serious matter. In fact, if convicted of causing death in a DUI-related crash, drivers could face criminal punishments that involve decades spent behind bars. Sadly, this is precisely what happened in the criminal proceedings related to a DUI crash that happened in 2015.

Defense options in a DUI trial

All New Jersey drunk driving defendants have the legal right to defend themselves in court against the allegations being brought against them. The decision to defend oneself will largely rest on the facts and evidence the prosecution is bringing forward. If the facts and evidence are strongly against the defendant, for example, he or she might want to try to negotiate a plea bargain.

Dealing with a drunk driving license suspension

If you've had your driver's license suspended due to drunk driving, you are face-to-face with the reality of how important motor vehicle travel is for people living in the United States. Without a car, you can't get to work, you can't get your children to school, you can't go grocery shopping and there's so much more that you can't do. Granted, you could ride a bus, but this will likely waste hours and hours of your time waiting on the side of curb for the bus to eventually show up.

Man settles with New Jersey town over an allegedly false arrest

Not all DUI arrests are appropriate. Some drivers are arrested and accused of drunk driving in New Jersey when they did not even drink a drop of alcohol. For example, if a police driver pulls you over, he or she might mistake your tired, bloodshot eyes for being a sign that you were drinking. Or, the officer might mistake a common speech impediment for being slurred drunken speech. These might result in an inappropriate arrest and DUI allegations.

Authorities in New Jersey plan for a major drunk driving crusade

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DUI campaign will begin on Aug. 18 and affect the entire state of New Jersey through Sept. 4. State and local law enforcement officials will be out in force, setting up drunk driving checkpoints and roving patrols designed to look for and arrest impaired drivers.

Drunk driving could be legal in some cases

Drunk driving is so dangerous that it's difficult to imagine a circumstance in which it would be legally appropriate. However, New Jersey courts are reasonable and if you had a valid reason to be operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a court could be lenient when making a decision on your drunk driving case.

Can alcohol-based mouthwashes result in a drunk driving arrest?

Imagine you're running late to work one Tuesday morning and as you're making a dash through your house, you take a last minute swig of mouthwash. Or, maybe you did a quick mouth refresh by swirling some Listerine through your teeth while you were en route to the office. Shortly after, you accidentally run through a red light and a Union County officer pulls you over.

How drunk driving is punished in New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey, any blood alcohol content (BAC) that is 0.08 percent or higher is considered to be indicative of an individual's degree of intoxication. The state takes the crime of driving under the influence (DUI) very seriously. As a result, the penalties you are sure to face if convicted of the crime are particularly harsh.

5 facts to know about drunk driving traffic stops

Drunk driving traffic stops can make it difficult for you to think. You probably know that you shouldn't have been driving after you were drinking. Still, mistakes can occur every now and then. Knowing what you should do if you see those flashing lights can help you make decisions about how you will handle the situation. 

Colts defensive tackle facing DUI and theft charges

New Jersey football enthusiasts may be interested to learn that Indianapolis Colts player David Parry was accused of stealing a golf cart and driving while under the influence of alcohol in Arizona on Feb. 25. The 24-year-old defensive tackle was ultimately charged with seven offenses.

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