Understanding the Juvenile Justice System

The transition from child to adult is never easy. Teenagers are honing good judgement through experience. They tend to test limits, try different things, and struggle to manage emotions and behavior while going through significant changes. It is not surprising that many teenagers get into legal trouble. Unfortunately, bad judgement resulting in criminal activity can have long-lasting negative impacts. Someone with a criminal record may have difficulty in pursuing certain careers and securing credit. The following are some common juvenile[…] Read More

What Should I Know About DUI Hit-and-Run Accidents?

Drunk driving is a significant danger for motorists and pedestrians. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that it is a factor in 30 percent of all fatal car crashes. The CDC also states that 10 percent of auto crashes are hit-and-runs, and damages caused by DUI hit-and run-accidents can be devastating. Leaving the scene after an accident, especially for those who are intoxicated, also increases the risk of stricter punishments by law. What are the[…] Read More

Does a Minor in the Car Impact My DUI Charge?

The penalty for driving under the influence (DUI) can be severe, even for first-time offenders. Drinking and driving with a minor in the vehicle will make the charges even worse in most cases. In some states, the original DUI/DWI charge is levied more severely, while in others, a DUI with a minor in the vehicle can lead to additional charges. In serious cases, for example, a minor injured because of drunk driving can lead to child endangerment charges as well.[…] Read More

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What Are my Options if I Have a Revoked or a Suspended License?

All states issue driver’s licenses. All states also use their powers to bestow or restrict driving privileges to penalize certain unlawful behaviors. Often, a driving offense results in a driver’s license being revoked or suspended. Other times, a driver’s license can be affected by a legal issue that is not connected to driving, such as owing a substantial amount of child support. It makes sense for the authorities to use their licensing powers to keep unfit drivers off the roads,[…] Read More

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

If you are stopped under suspicions of drunk driving, a cop will request a breathalyzer test. Breathalyzer tests are a normal part of a cop’s routine when they suspect someone is drunk driving. If you are stopped by a cop, you may be wondering whether you can avoid a driving under the influence (DUI) charge by refusing a breathalyzer test. Are You Required to Submit a Breathalyzer Test? Implied consent laws dictate that drivers have implicitly consented to a breathalyzer[…] Read More

St. Patrick’s Day and Drunk Driving

St. Patrick’s Day is associated with an increase in drunk driving crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 60 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during the 2016 holiday period between March 16 to March 18. The NHTSA advises everyone to make plans to get home safely before they participate in holiday festivities. Dangers of Drunk Driving Driving under the effects of alcohol or drugs can lead to catastrophic car accidents and injuries. Approximately one-third of[…] Read More

New Drunk Driving Laws

Drivers in New Jersey should be aware that drunk driving laws have changed as of December 2019. The new law brings two significant revisions to previous DUI/DWI charges. The law removes license suspensions for first offenders while requiring all convicted drivers to install interlock breathalyzer devices on their vehicles. These devices automatically disable the vehicle if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. An Effective Alternative to License Suspension? It has been questioned whether breathalyzers are effective. Interlock devices can[…] Read More

Dealing with DWI Defense During the Holidays

In New Jersey, motorists need to take drunk driving seriously year-round, but especially during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s see an increase in policed roadblocks and checkpoints geared at catching people who are driving under the influence (DUI), also called driving while intoxicated (DWI).  Although everyone wants to keep individuals who are DWI off the roads, not everyone accused of a DUI/DWI is convicted of the crime. Plenty of people charged with DWI in New Jersey[…] Read More

New Jersey Institutes Ignition Lock for First Time DWI Offenses

By the beginning of 2020, drivers in New Jersey found guilty for the first time of driving under the influence will face different penalties than they do today. Instead of having their licenses suspended for several months, offenders, in certain instances, may have much shorter suspensions or no suspension at all. Additionally, they will be expected to buy and install ignition interlock devices (IID) on any vehicles they own or operate. Many other states currently have similar laws surrounding IIDs,[…] Read More

Are DUI Checkpoints Legal?

Sobriety checkpoints are used by law enforcement departments to keep the roadways free of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Depending on logistics and traffic volume, officers at the DUI stop will check every driver or single out cars at random intervals. Once the car is stopped, police officers observe the driver and assess their sobriety to determine if they can return to the road. While these stops often result in DUI charges, law enforcement agencies claim that[…] Read More

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