The penalties for driving drunk in New Jersey can be severe, and those who have already been convicted of driving while intoxicated or permitting DWI on two prior occasions face particularly harsh sanctions for a third offense. However, the court will treat the third offense as if it was a second offense as far as sentencing is concerned if the second offense occurred ten or more years previously.
Police in New Jersey have reported that a 43-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his vehicle on the evening of March 1. Police responded to the scene on Mountain Avenue in Hackettstown at approximately 7:49 p.m. The Independence Township resident was released after being charged with reckless driving, careless driving and driving while intoxicated.
A 32-year-old New Jersey man is facing drunk driving charges after slamming his car into a tree on Route 9 in Galloway on Feb. 4. The crash occurred around 1:38 p.m. near Somerstown Lane, according to the Galloway Township Police.
Washington Township Police officials reported that an allegedly drunk woman hit a light pole and caused a power outage on Jan. 24. The accident reportedly happened around 7:45 a.m. on Route 57 near Stew's Auto Body and Towing.
The mayor of Lambertville, David M. DelVecchio, was taken into custody for drunk driving in Burlington County on Nov. 9. He was pulled over around 1 a.m. on Route 130 in Mansfield.
A woman from New Jersey faces multiple criminal charges stemming from an accident in Wall Township on Nov. 21. The reports indicated that the accident happened at 8:34 p.m. on the interchange between Interstate 195 and Route 34 and necessitated the closure of part of the road.
Some readers from New Jersey may be interested in learning more about the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. The SFST is actually a compilation of three separate tests created by the Southern California Research Institute and sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The compilation includes the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test and the one-leg-stand test. All three are intended to aid police officers in detecting someone who has been driving while intoxicated.
A New Jersey man accused of driving while intoxicated was taken into police custody on Nov. 3. The incident occurred after the authorities allegedly observed the man attempting to make a right-hand turn, only to end up in the oncoming lanes of Center Street in Garwood.
Prosecutors in New Jersey say that a 24-year-old man was intoxicated when he was involved in a fatal collision in the early morning hours of Oct. 19. The North Plainfield resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and death by auto. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike shortly after 4 a.m.
Someone who has been accused of DUI in New Jersey may face a variety of penalties, including license suspension and imprisonment. The precise penalties the accused can expect to face typically vary with respect to the individual circumstances of the case. A defendant's history of past DUI offenses, where he or she was driving at the time of being taken into custody and how the initial investigation was conducted can all play a substantial role in penalty imposition.