Efforts by New Jersey legislators to modify the state's drunk driving laws were dealt a blow on March 23 when Governor Chris Christie vetoed bill A1368. The bill would have reduced the length of the driving bans handed out to first time offenders and instead require them to have interlock ignition devices installed in their vehicles, but the measures were considered too sweeping and lenient by the governor.
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 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.
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.
Whenever someone commits a driving infraction or a crime while operating a motor vehicle, any criminal charges pursued against that individual may be amplified if there was an accident involved. Reportedly, this was the case recently in New Jersey when a car accident occurred. The teacher who was behind the wheel was allegedly driving while intoxicated and struck a patrol car.