Facing a DWI charge can certainly be daunting for the average American. It can be even more challenging when one works for the government. Recently, an administrative assistant who works for one New Jersey town must answer to a DWI charge after authorities allege that she nearly hit three vehicles while she was driving under the influence.
Not all arrests for DUI stem from a police officer pulling a motorist over. In some cases, police can be called to the scene of an incident and they may attempt to link an individual to driving a car while under the influence. New Jersey police have levied such a DUI charge against a man who they say was operating his motor vehicle under the influence prior to the car catching on fire.
A New Jersey lawmaker noted for advocating new laws concerning drunk driving and breath test refusal is now facing a drunk driving charge himself. His DWI charge originated from a traffic stop last July in Washington Township, where he had previously served the community as mayor. Because of the state Assemblyman's notoriety, the criminal case has been transferred to another New Jersey county, though at last report it had not been scheduled for further proceedings.
The heat is relenting as summer begins to cool and New Jersey residents prepare for another fall. This means that Labor Day is right around the corner -- one last hoorah for the summer before we prepare for the cooler temperatures. Labor Day traditionally pulls in large amounts of traffic. It is also a holiday in which many New Jersey residents enjoy an adult beverage while they say good bye to summer.
Early Sunday morning, July 15, 2012, Jason Kidd was reported to be involved in a one car accident in which his 2010 Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole near the intersection of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill, Long Island. Kidd was alone in the car. He was medically treated at Southampton Hospital for minor injuries and released into police custody. After his hospital visit, Kidd was arraigned and charged with DWI by alcohol. It is unknown if Kidd took a breathalyzer or performed any field sobriety tests.
A bill currently making its way through the Assembly is designed to make New Jersey roads safer. The bill is designed to subject repeat drunk driving offenders to steeper penalties. The bill will increase punishment for persons convicted of DUI more than once in a 60 day period. The bill would increase a DUI charge to a fourth-degree crime. The punishment can include a $10,000 fine, up to 18 months in prison, a suspended license and require bail up to $10,000. Currently courts cannot impose a bail amount more than $2,500 for a fourth-degree crime.
NJ Appellate Division permits the police to order DWI field tests on minimal evidence