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County sheriff's officer facing drunk driving charges

An officer of the sheriff's office in Bergen County is facing serious charges after he was pulled over for allegedly driving while intoxicated, according to police sources. The officer was set to appear in a Secaucus, New Jersey, court room on July 9 to face the drunk driving charges of which he is accused. If he is found guilty, he could lose his position with the sheriff's department permanently and face potential jail time. 

According to the account, the 24-year-old officer was allegedly drunk on June 20 when he became involved in an altercation with another individual. That individual alleges the officer forcefully restrained him and requested that his father place his hands on the hood of his car. The officer was apparently off-duty when this occurred around 11:35 p.m. 

New Jersey man faces DUI charges

A man from Belmar is facing criminal charges after allegedly causing a car accident, according to local police. Authorities in New Jersey arrested the 29-year-old man after he apparently crashed his car on the morning of June 12. He now faces DUI charges as well as other charges pertaining to the crash. He was taken to a county jail, but no trial date has been set. 

According to the report, around 8:30 a.m. the man was driving his SUV westbound when he allegedly ran a red light. His vehicle hit the light stanchion before overturning. His vehicle then struck a minivan driven by a 45-year-old man. Thankfully the other driver was not hurt. 

New Jersey police charge teacher with DUI

Police recently arrested a New Jersey woman after she allegedly caused a single-vehicle crash. Regarding the DUI charge, authorities claim that the woman drove her vehicle into a pizza shop while under the influence of alcohol. One person was possibly injured in the wreck, although that was subject to a full medical evaluation.

On May 3, 2019, security video shows the 34-year-old elementary school teacher's vehicle crashing through the front of a small pizza restaurant. No customers were in the building at the time, but the owner was sitting by the front window and there were also two employees standing behind the counter where the register was located. Neither of the employees by the register was injured. The driver exited the vehicle immediately and one of the workers asked whether she was on any type of medication, to which she supposedly responded that she was not.

Can you challenge evidence from a DUI traffic stop?

In the past, law enforcement has made significant errors during DUI traffic stops. The protocols, procedures and devices are far from 100% accurate. In addition, law enforcement officers, like other human beings, make mistakes. Therefore, you can bring many aspects of a DUI traffic stop into question.

Typical law enforcement errors made during DUI traffic stops

2 face drunk driving charges in New Jersey

Police in Hackettstown have arrested two people for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, one of whom arrived to pick the other up from the police station, according to the report. New Jersey authorities have confirmed the arrest of a 21-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man for suspected drunk driving. Both have since been released, and so far no court date has been publicly announced for either party. 

According to the report, the woman was pulled over for a moving violation sometime around midnight on May 24 on Route 46. Police on the scene say they smelled alcohol on her, though they did not mention in the report whether they performed roadside sobriety testing. The woman was arrested on the scene and charged with reckless driving, careless driving, DWI and DWI in a school zone. She was taken to a local police station for processing. 

Man in New Jersey faces drunk driving charges

A man police believe was under the influence of alcohol at the time of a serious car crash has been arrested. New Jersey authorities have charged the man with drunk driving as well as vehicular assault. He has been released on $3,000 secured bail, and so far, no court date has been announced. 

According to state police, the 57-year-old man was involved in a car accident with two other cars early in the morning of May 12. At approximately 12:09 a.m. on Del. 896 an out-of-state man reportedly crossed the center line in his pickup truck. His vehicle struck an SUV headed the other direction, driven by a 21-year-old man. The force of the impact spun his vehicle into a third car driven by a 19-year-old woman. Both vehicles subsequently crashed. 

What is the New Jersey point system?

Probably every New Jersey driver has broken a traffic law—or two—in their lifetime. Speeding on the highway or accidentally rolling through a stop sign is so common that many people do not think twice.

Getting a ticket for these frequent incidents can be both frustrating and tedious. However, many people do not know that the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) keeps a record of traffic violations. And every single one of those traffic violations adds points to that record.

An underage DUI charge can have significant consequences

In order to purchase or possess alcohol in the state of New Jersey, one has to be at least 21 years old. The only times it is deemed acceptable for anyone younger than that to consume alcohol is if it is for religious purposes or is done in a private setting under parental supervision -- such as one's residence. Underage drinkers who find themselves facing DUI charges could face some significant consequences if they are ultimately convicted.

The state of New Jersey has zero tolerance laws. First and foremost, this means that drinking and driving is prohibited -- no matter one's age. Anyone found behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher will likely be arrested. When it comes to underage drinking, the BAC level does not matter. Any trace of alcohol in the system of a person under the age of 21 could warrant an arrest and DUI charge.

Gun crimes come with serious penalties in New Jersey

Here in the United States, people have the right to own weapons. Even so, there are limitations to who can own them, along with how they are used. As is the case in many other states, a conviction for gun crimes here in New Jersey could result in serious penalties for those who violate the law.

Would you know if your possession of a firearm violated the law? Do you require a license or permit for your weapon? You may want to find the answers to these questions as soon as possible in order to avoid legal entanglements regarding your gun or guns.

How an ignition interlock device combats drunk driving

In the state of New Jersey, a driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered intoxicated. If a driver is convicted of drunk driving, he or she may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his or her car, especially if the driver is a repeat offender. Many wonder how these devices work. Can someone else simply blow in the meter to start the car for an impaired driver? Here are some facts about these tools, what they are, how they work and why bypassing one isn't so easy.

The concept behind an ignition interlock device is that it acts like a personal breathalyzer that is installed in a car that prevents the car from starting without the driver proving he or she isn't intoxicated. The tool is hard-wired into the vehicle's ignition system. Before the car will start the driver must blow into the sensor, which will measure the driver's breath alcohol content. If the driver's alcohol content is low enough the car will start, but if it is above a preset limit the car will not start. The allowable breath alcohol content limit is not necessarily the same as the state's blood alcohol concentration limit of .08: it may be much lower.

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