Alcohol seems to go hand in hand with the holiday season. Having a few drinks with old friends that come to town or with family members is by no means uncommon in New Jersey. However, residents need exercise extreme caution because New Jersey does not take drunk driving lightly, even on the first offense. Additionally, authorities will likely be on high alert through the holiday season.
A 22-year-old man from southern New Jersey received a phone call from a friend on Thanksgiving morning. The friend consumed too many drinks before getting behind the wheel of a car and was subsequently sitting in jail facing DUI charges. The New Jersey man decided to do his friend a favor on the holiday and went to pick him up.
However, when the 22-year-old sped into the parking lot of the police station, authorities became suspicious at the high rate of speed at which he was driving. They questioned him, and according to a local report, he was subsequently charged with drunk driving as well.
The details surrounding the arrest of the 22-year-old were not disclosed at the time of the local report, but this young New Jersey resident would do well to question the evidence against him in these charges.
In New Jersey, recent years have seen an increase in the severity of punishing drunk drivers. This means that even a first time conviction could result in thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device and even time behind bars. However, fighting DUI charges could yield a favorable outcome.
Source: SFGate, "Authorities: Man drove drunk to NJ police station," Nov. 24, 2012
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