There's so many ways that a false drunk driving charge can happen. In fact, criminal law judges are fully aware that police can make mistakes when arresting and accusing a driver of being intoxicated behind the wheel. For this reason, every driver accused of DUI will have the opportunity to defend him or herself against the allegations.
Drone pilots in New Jersey may want to heed some advice — don't drink and drone. There could be serious legal consequences if authorities discover that you have been operating your drone while drunk including arrest, fines and possible jail time.
An employee of the New Jersey Department of Transportation has been accused of operating a snowplow while intoxicated. Police charged the man after his snowplow collided with two different vehicles.
If you want to prevent you and your friends from getting arrested for drunk driving, the primary thing you'll need to do is to prevent people from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Although this might seem easy enough, anyone who has been to a party where drinking is involved knows that preventing drunk driving is easier said than done.
There's a myth among drivers that they can drink a couple beers on a full stomach, drink a coffee and be ready to rock-and-roll behind the wheel of an automobile. However, this is a myth and it's simply not true. The only way that New Jersey drivers can virtually guarantee that they don't get charged with a DUI is to avoid drinking any amount of alcohol before driving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.