Individuals in New Jersey who are accused of drunk driving may have a number of defenses available. Among the most common defenses are challenging the results of a Breathalyzer, blood or field sobriety test.
A tip that was given to police from an anonymous caller led to a 66-year-old New Jersey woman's drunk driving charges on Feb. 19. The caller reportedly told police that they witnessed a person driving erratically in Hopatcong at around 5:30 pm. According to the caller, the driver was swerving on Holiday Drive before pulling into the parking lot of the Liquor Factory.
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.
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.
New Jersey State Police say a driver received criminal charges in relation to a three-vehicle crash that took place in Bernards Township on Oct. 3. The 49-year-old man was allegedly seen driving erratically in a Nissan Pathfinder SUV before colliding with a tractor-trailer. Although a second tractor-trailer was also involved in the crash, troopers say that truck was gone by the time they arrived.
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.
A New Jersey man from Budd Lake was recently apprehended by authorities on charges of drunk driving. A passenger in the man's vehicle was also arrested after police determined that an outstanding warrant was out for his arrest. In addition to being charged with DUI, the 29-year-old driver of the vehicle was also charged with refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, driving recklessly and failing to use his headlights.
New Jersey residents may be accustomed to reading about individuals being arrested for driving while intoxicated in their local newspaper. What they may not be used to is someone from New Jersey making nation news after being charged for driving while intoxicated. A recent unusual story has made headlines.
In the event that a New Jersey resident gets a DUI charge, having proper evidence is crucial to the case. Having the wrong evidence, or evidence that has been tampered with, however, can be severely detrimental to one's chance of being found innocent of a crime. Although sobriety tests are seemingly reliable, anyone can make an error administering one, and that mistake can lead someone to be wrongfully accused of a DUI charge.