As a resident of New Jersey who is facing DUI-related charges, you may be wondering how your breath analysis test result will come into play. The Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr. will help you through this difficult period and debunk some of the greatest myths surrounding breathalyzers.
New Jersey residents likely know that they could face hefty penalties if charged and convicted of driving while under the influence. Many people think that blowing an 0.08 or higher on a breath analysis device is impossible to fight against, and that conviction is inevitable. However, that isn't necessarily the case.
You may have never driven a day in your life with alcohol in your system, but this does not mean you are immune to being charged with a DUI, especially if you take certain medications. It is important that you and other New Jersey residents understand that some prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can dangerously affect your driving and may result in DUI charges if you are pulled over.
One New Jersey driver slipped through a loophole and managed to keep his commercial license after his fourth arrest for drunk driving. According to the USA Today's Daily Record, although the defendant had two previous convictions, both had happened ten or more years before he applied for a commercial license. The law requires courts to count DUI (or DWI) convictions that follow attainment of the license, so his commercial driving privileges had not seemed to be at stake.
The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety will tell you drinking and driving is not worth it. The risk of inflicting serious injury or even causing death should be enough to keep anyone away from the driver's seat after a night out with friends. If it is not and police catch you intoxicated behind the wheel, the DHTS provides information about what you can expect next.
If a law enforcement official stops you in New Jersey and believes you have been drinking, you can expect that he or she will probably request that you take a breath test in an attempt to get a better idea of your level of intoxication. Conducted using devices called Breathalyzers, breath tests almost always come into account when you face a drinking and driving charge, but are they always accurate? Not entirely.
Attending college is an exciting time for students in New Jersey and elsewhere. Whether this is your first or last year in a university, you might have become accustomed to a big part of college life – drinking. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., we know how important it is to strike a good balance between enjoying your college years and staying out of trouble.
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.
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.
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.