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Father faces DUI charge after trying to pick up son at school

A New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with DUI after allegedly driving to his child’s school and trying to pick him up while inebriated. The incident occurred on a recent Tuesday afternoon in Chatham. Police arrived at the school at approximately 1:30 p.m. following a call from the principal of the school, who told authorities that the father appeared to be drunk. The man must now answer the DUI charge in court.

According to a police spokesperson, an officer observed the man leaving the school parking lot without his child. The man proceeded to drive away but later allegedly drove through a stop sign at an intersection. Police then pulled the man over, performed various field sobriety tests and ultimately placed him under arrest. In addition to DUI, the man faces charges of reckless driving and failing to stop at a stop sign.

The principal of the school stalled the man, essentially delaying him long enough to call the police. Otherwise, authorities say that he would have likely driven away with the child. The boy was later picked up by a different member of his family.

A DUI charge in New Jersey can mean a lot of different things depending on who is accused of the crime. Indeed, even prior to conviction, certain individuals could find themselves facing stiff judgement on a professional front, or facing temporarily or permanently discharged from their work. Then, on a legal front, they could have their driving privileges taken away or even be sentenced to spend time in jail, in the event of a conviction. In many cases, however, the threat and/or severity of punishment relating to a DUI charge can be reduced by employing various DUI defense strategies. For example, blood tests and breathalyzer tests are -- in some situations -- not admissible as evidence in a court hearing and getting such evidence thrown out could assist the accused in obtaining a verdict of not guilty or lesser punishments in the event of conviction.

Source: Chatham Courier News, "Police: Man allegedly drunk when he went to pick up kid from school", , July 10, 2014

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