Most Ocean County residents likely understand how serious a drunk driving charge can be, and thus will try to avoid engaging in such activity at all costs. Yet despite this understanding, drunk driving arrests continue to occur in New Jersey and throughout the rest of the U.S. In fact, study information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 2012, 1.5 percent of New Jersey adults surveyed admitted to having driven after drinking too much at some point during the previous month.
When residents of Ocean County hear news stories of people who’ve been charged with misdemeanors, their first assumptions may be that the penalties being meted out aren’t very serious. Yet despite the reputation for being a light penalty, misdemeanor convictions should not be viewed as a slap on the wrist. They can carry with them some pretty heavy consequences, particularly if one has past offenses on his or her record.
The use of illicit substances and illegal drugs is a problem that's not unique major metropolitan areas; such issues could easily pop up in communities such just like Ocean City. The battle against drug abuse is one that those who struggle with may have to face for the remainder of their lives. Overcoming such an addiction can be extremely difficult; one can imagine how much more difficult it would be if those fighting it also had to face the possibility of criminal penalties as a result of their addiction. According to the site DrugWarFacts.org, over 1.5 million Americans faced such drug penalties in 2013.
The details surrounding assault and battery charges are not always so cut and dry. New Jersey residents may be interested to know that there exists a number of defenses that can be presented to the court. Depending upon the specifics of the case, the individual charged may provide evidence or testimony to support their claim that they acted in defense of self, other individuals or property, or that the other person consented to the action.