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New Jersey DUI penalties

New Jersey law provides for some rather severe penalties for those convicted of DUI, even if the person is a first-time offender in that area. It is important for many people to understand the potential consequences they face if they drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The legal limit for driving under the influence in the state is .08 percent. People whose blood alcohol content falls between .08 and .10 percent face losing their license for three months, spending up to 30 days in jail, attending 12-48 hours of alcohol education and treatment classes. Individuals can also face a fine up to $400, other fees and a surcharge of $1,000 a year for three years. People with a BAC of more than .10 percent may lose their license for seven months to one year and their fine will be increased. For those with a very high BAC above .15 percent, they'll additionally have a court-ordered interlock ignition device installed in their vehicle for up to one year.

Penalties faced by DUI defendants

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.

For example, a DUI charge is considered aggravated if it occurs within a school zone. Whereas DUI Third Offense outside a school zone can result in a license suspension of up to 10 years, the period of suspension is doubled for the same offense if it occurs in a school zone. Similarly, someone accused of refusing to submit to chemical testing may expect to face more severe penalties if they do so in a school zone.

Man accused of drunk driving after truck crash

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.

The accident took place while the accused man was traveling eastbound on Route 78 shortly after 1 p.m. Although details of what led to the wreck were not stated, it was reported that a tractor-trailer exited the roadway, overturned and fell down an embankment after colliding with the SUV. Troopers at the scene suspected that the man in the SUV was impaired, and he was charged with DUI. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test at the scene.

How do I seal my juvenile record in New Jersey?

There are six steps and seven forms required to seal a New Jersey juvenile record. The first step is to get a copy of the criminal juvenile history record if the person does not already possess it. The New Jersey State Police require someone to be fingerprinted with a private fingerprint scanning service to confirm identification before their records are released, but this is not always necessary. In step 2, The Petition for Expungement is requested on Form A, the Order for Hearing on Form B, followed by Form C, which is the Expungement Order signed by the judge. Each form has a set of instructions.

Step 3 is filing the correct number of copies of Forms A, B and C with the appropriate notarizations. Form D, the cover letter that explains the purpose and content of the package of forms, accompanies these documents. A set of forms will be sent back to the requestor indicating they have been filed and assigned a docket number. Step 4 requires at least seven copies be distributed, certified mail with return receipt, to various agencies attached to a cover letter that is Form E.

The FBI on white-collar crime

Business professionals in New Jersey may benefit from learning more about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation views and manages illicit activity synonymous to white-collar crime. The Bureau describes white-collar crime as lying, cheating, stealing and other types of fraud committed by government and business professionals. One of the most prominent and recognizable types of white-collar crime is corporate fraud. The FBI is the leading authority responsible for investigating corporate fraud and other crimes that may be related.

Corporate fraud often involves accounting schemes, obstruction of justice or an effort to exploit investors and regulators through concealment or misinformation. The scheme often involves inflating evidence of financial performance to deceive analysts and manipulate share prices. The FBI claims that these actions not only effect investors, but can have an adverse impact on the overall economy as well. According to the FBI, the rate of insider trading cases has increased as of late. The FBI and Securities Exchange Commission typically collaborate resources to investigate these types of cases.

Man charged for drug possession after apparent gun fight

A New Jersey man was detained after police obtained a search warrant for his home in Glassboro on Sept. 5. Police were initially called to the man's home after learning that an altercation was taking place. The 21-year-old man reportedly suffered a minor head injury during the fight before police detained him on drug charges. Police say charges against other people involved in the incident are still pending.

The incident reportedly began just before 11 p.m. when police were called to the man's home on South Academy Street. When officers arrived, an unknown number of people were witnessed fleeing in cars and running away from the residence by foot. Police allegedly determined that small-caliber revolvers had been used to fire 11 shots toward the house. Doors, windows and items inside of the home were struck.

2 men facing drug charges after alleged transaction, home search

New Jersey residents may be interested in the story of two men facing serious drug charges after police claim that they participated in a drug transaction in front of one of their homes. Execution of a search warrant allegedly revealed a substantial amount of drugs in one man's residence.

On the morning of Sept. 3, detectives from the Essex County Sheriff's Office claim that they observed a 52-year-old Newark man making a transaction with another man. The transaction, they allege, involved the passing of unknown items from hand-to-hand. As the other man left the scene of the alleged transaction, detectives caught up with him. They searched him and allegedly found two small envelopes containing heroin. Authorities subsequently obtained a search warrant for the first man's Martin Luther King Blvd. home where the original alleged transaction occurred.

New Jersey charged after crash from driving while intoxicated

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.

The accident occurred last April just before 2 a.m. as a police officer was stopped alongside another police officer’s car. The officer had reportedly stopped to help with a radio problem. As he was at that scene, a car came behind and rear-ended the car.

Man pulled over in New Jersey faces drug charges

When police pull over a vehicle, they may find that they have reason to file charges unrelated to why they may have originally pulled the individual over. A simple traffic infraction can then lead to much more serious charges against a driver or even passengers. Recently in New Jersey, a man was pulled over and ended up having drug charges filed against him.

Just after midnight on a weekday, police stopped a car for what they said was a moving violation. Once they stopped the driver, the police contend that there was the smell of marijuana. They also report that the man, who is 20 years old, wasn’t able to do the field sobriety tests asked of him. It was not reported what the field sobriety tests consisted of or what exactly the man may not have been able to complete.

Teen faces sexual assault offense in New Jersey

During the summer, teens and young adults often take jobs or volunteer positions working with young children. The position of a camp counselor fits the bill and can entail being alone with kids for extended periods of time. For one teen in New Jersey, a camp counselor position has ended with the teen facing charges related to an alleged sexual assault offense.

The counselor is a 16-year-old boy. He stands accused of having inappropriate conduct that was sexual in nature with three other boys, although no specifics were given. The boys involved were said to be 6 years old. All children who were placed under the care of the counselor in question were interviewed by the police.

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