Category: DWI/DUI

lane change

Unsafe lane change is a common occurrence on New Jersey roadways, sometimes leading to accidents between vehicles or single car crashes where a driver accidentally hits something when crossing between lanes. Even if they do not get in an accident, they can still be in trouble. A police officer can stop a driver for changing lanes without […]

chess piece

For DUI offenses, New Jersey law formerly prohibited a judge from reducing a sentence until 2008 when the law changed. In 2008, however, case law introduced the “step down” rule for DWI offenses. What is the NJ 10-Year Step Down Rule? The rule’s effect is to lessen the severity of punishment when a ten-year interval […]

winter break

College students have a hard enough time when they are at school trying to study and navigate living on their own for the first time, so it’s to be expected that they will want to relax and “let loose” when they return home for winter break. But sometimes things can go terribly wrong, and the […]

holiday

The late fall and early winter months mean that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are on the way, and it’s time for holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, this also means that police in Hoboken, Jersey City, and elsewhere in New Jersey are also getting ready to make arrests. The truth is that law enforcement sees a significant […]

alcohol

During the Time Surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, Police in New Jersey Are on High Alert for Potential Drunk Drivers, Especially in Jersey Shore Towns. Drunk driving is a year-round focus for New Jersey law enforcement, but they tend to place an even greater emphasis on DWI arrests during the holidays, and specifically on […]

ignition interlock device

You Could Face Severe Penalties if You Fail to Install an Ignition Interlock Device in Your Car, Tamper With, or Attempt to Drive Without the Interlock in New Jersey. New Jersey drunk driving laws carry a number of different penalties that can make life difficult for convicted DWI offenders. If you are convicted or plead […]

beyond reasonable doubt

Around holidays and on weekends, officers are busy policing drunk drivers when the number of DWI and DUI offenses increases. When they arrest and charge someone with driving under the influence in New Jersey, the state is required to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict the defendant of the DWI charges. What […]

driving

Skilled DWI Defense Attorneys Discuss “Operating” a Motor Vehicle in the Context of a DUI Case A charge for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey carries severe penalties that include mandatory ignition interlock, possible license suspension, fines, and even jail time. That’s why judges don’t just automatically render a guilty verdict when a defendant is charged with […]

ignition interlock

If you got arrested and were subsequently convicted of DWI in New Jersey or refusal to take a breathalyzer test, you are familiar with the ignition interlock device. But did you know that there is an additional criminal charge under NJ law that punishes people for failure to install an ignition interlock device in a motor vehicle or […]

open container while driving

Found With an Open Container of Liquor or Another Alcoholic Beverage in NJ? Although the days of Prohibition are long over and adults are allowed to enjoy alcoholic beverages in New Jersey and elsewhere, there are still laws that prevent people from having an open container of alcohol inside a motor vehicle. This applies to […]