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Linden officer facing drunk driving charge

For whatever reason, there remains a stereotype about people who are arrested for and charged with drunk driving offenses in New Jersey. Many people still think that the people who find themselves in this position are completely irresponsible and negligent individuals. The reality is actually something quite different.

Woman charged with DUI

New Jersey residents who are investigated for suspected drunk driving may have to undergo many different tests before they are arrested, if that is the outcome of their investigation. These tests include both field sobriety tests and potentially chemical tests. Details of the results may be used by prosecutors to support certain consequences but they may also be used by defense teams if any of the tests were not accurate or performed properly, for example.

Review DUI penalties this Fourth of July

Before heading out for Fourth of July festivities this year, it is recommended that people in New Jersey give themselves a refresher on the state's laws on drunk driving. Specifically a review of what penalties may be experienced by a person if they are convicted of a driving under the influence offense is wise. Also important to be aware is that operating a boat after drinking as well as a motor vehicle can result in a drunk driving arrest.

Defendant released while waiting trial

Laws in New Jersey do change from time to time and effective January 1, 2017 a change was enacted that related to bail for criminal defendants being detained while they await trial. The new law removed the requirement that money be posted for bail. Instead, a system was enacted that would evaluate a candidate's viability for release and allow those deemed reasonable for the program to be freed without posting bail.

What penalties accompany DUI charges?

As a driver who's facing DUI related charges in New Jersey, you may be wondering exactly what penalties you could be facing if convicted. At the law offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., we work to provide you with all the information you need to anticipate what may happen during the course of your court case.

Newspaper allowed to view arrest video

New Jersey residents who have been arrested and charged with crimes know that they can sometimes face many hurdles in the course of the defense process. One of these hurdles can be public opinion. It seems that all too often the general public seems to forget the fact that simply being arrested does not make a person guilty. Many times reports published by the media provide only some of the details in a case and make it even easier for people to jump to conclusions that may or may not be correct.

The one-leg field sobriety test

When an officer in New Jersey suspects that a driver may be under the influence of alcohol, there are specific steps that must be taken before a person is allowed to be arrested. In essence, law enforcement officers must establish probable cause in order to make an arrest. As FieldSobrietyTests.org explains, there are three different standardized tests used for this purpose. All three are approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of these tests is the one-leg stand test.

What is the walk-and-turn test?

A previous post took a look at the eye test or the horizontal gaze nystagmus test used by law enforecment as a means of collecting evidence to support a drunk driving arrest in New Jersey. Have you also heard about the walk-and-turn test? It is another of the three tests approved for this use. According to FieldSobrietyTests.org, the walk-and-turn test has been found to be 66-percent accurate.

What is nystagmus?

Have you been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in New Jersey? If so, you may well have been asked to participate in field sobriety tests. Even if you completed them, did you fully understand them? Many people do not and they also do not realize that these tests are not 100-percent accurate in terms of determining intoxication. 

Defense motion in drunk driving case denied

People in New Jersey who are arrested for suspected drunk driving should know that no two cases are alike. Many factors can change the exact charges that a person may face as well as alter the potential consequences if ultimately convicted. Some of this is inherent in the criminal defense process.

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