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New Jersey DUI charges result from more than traffic stops

There are many circumstances that can lead to an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in New Jersey, some more unusual than others. An unusual situation is exactly what happened recently to three friends who all are now facing DUI charges. Last month, a 34-year-old woman was pulled over by authorities for allegedly swerving. During the traffic stop, authorities purportedly conducted field sobriety tests, which they say the woman failed, resulting in the arrest. It is unclear what tests were performed, or whether a Breathalyzer test or blood draw was collected.

After being processed at the police department, the woman called on her friend, a 23-year-old woman, to come and take her home. When the friend arrived, however, police assert that this woman also appeared intoxicated and administered unspecified field sobriety tests on the spot. They also purportedly discovered that the woman was in possession of Vicodin prescription pills. She has since been charged with possession of Vicodin and driving while in possession of the drugs.

In light of the events, a third friend was then contacted to come and pick both women up from the police department. This request was made to a 33-year-old man. Police apparently also felt that this individual was intoxicated as well and subsequently administered unspecified field sobriety tests, which the man allegedly failed. Subsequently, he also became the subject of a DUI charge. Finally, a fourth friend, who authorities apparently deemed sober, was able to successfully retrieve the three friends.

Stories like this one may demonstrate how seriously New Jersey law enforcement takes enforcement of our DUI laws. Now, for these three individuals, it will be up to the prosecution to prove that each was, in fact, driving while intoxicated that night. There was no specific indication that authorities administered a breath test to any of the individuals who were arrested. DUI convictions can result in serious consequences including suspension of an individual's driver's license, hefty fines, community service and even incarceration. Although these individuals have not had their day in court to challenge the allegations against them, there can be no doubt that they will strive to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for their case, and their future.

Source:, 3 For 1 N.J. DUI Arrest Brings Infamy to Drunks: Update, Bob Holt, Dec. 27, 2013

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