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After a License Suspension: What Else Can They Do to Me?

Some drivers who have their license suspended may believe that they can continue to drive without consequence, because they have nothing else to lose. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. The State of New Jersey imposes a system of punishments for driving with a suspended license that can include incarceration, fines and revocation… Read More »

Bad Breath: Are DUI Breath Tests Always Right?

If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you were likely given a blood alcohol test using a device called the Alcotest 7110 MK-111. The Alcotest is a device that measures the amount of alcohol in the breath and thereby the alcohol content of the blood. Here’s how it works.  Once a suspect breathes… Read More »

Cover Yourself: The Consequences of Driving Without Insurance in New Jersey

Police blotters around New Jersey are filled with incidents of a pervasive and illegal type: driving without insurance.  To many, driving without insurance appears to be a minor, bureaucratic infraction.  After all, it doesn’t involve careless or dangerous behavior like other well-known traffic crimes.  Many are surprised, then, when they find that driving without insurance… Read More »

Tragic Results: When Drunk Driving Kills

A New Jersey jury recently convicted a former actress from the popular 1990s show Melrose Place of vehicular homicide after she killed someone while driving drunk.  Amy Locane had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit. She first struck another vehicle in a fender-bender before getting back into her car and killing… Read More »

New Jersey Disorderly Persons Offenses: Do You Really Need a Lawyer?

New Jersey distinguishes between two levels of offenses:  crimes and disorderly persons offenses.  Both are violations of the law and punishable as such.  But a disorderly persons offense is a lower level offense, and therefore treated differently. A person accused of a disorderly persons offense — because it is a lesser violation than a crime… Read More »

DUI Penalties for Commercial Drivers

The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) in New Jersey are quite severe for every convicted offender.  Commercial drivers such as bus and truck drivers face additional penalties including suspension or revocation of their commercial driver’s license (CDL). This can mean loss of employment as a result. In addition to… Read More »

Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: Mandatory Rehab Instead of Jail for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

New Jersey has classified most drug possession as a fourth or third degree crime, often resulting in prison sentences for the offenders.  In July 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill with bipartisan support giving mandatory rehab to non-violent drug offenders instead of prison time. The program initially takes effect in a limited area, and… Read More »

DUI: Mandatory Fines and Penalties for Repeat Offenses

On December 7, the town of Hackettstown began a formal Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, setting up checkpoints and patrols to curb drunk driving during the holiday season.  While Hackettstown has made the news for its formal operation, New Jersey police and troopers statewide are on high alert during every holiday season. Their… Read More »

Driving Drunk in New Jersey Comes with Serious Penalties

Drinking and driving causes almost a third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, with more than 30 Americans killed each day in alcohol-related accidents.  Drinking alcohol impairs judgment, hampers balance and drastically slows response time. It comes as no surprise that drunk driving charges result in severe legal consequences.  New Jersey applies a… Read More »

Crime and Punishment: How New Jersey Defines the Seriousness of Crimes and their Penalties

Until 1979, New Jersey used the old system of case-based common law that the United States inherited from England.  Crimes were defined through case law over centuries, and became part of the law.  In 1979, New Jersey abolished the common law crimes and went about systematically defining what will constitute a crime in New Jersey,… Read More »

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