Allowing Intoxicated Operation

There is a charge in New Jersey for allowing another to operate a vehicle when that person is intoxicated. The allowing violation is set forth under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a) which provides: (a) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, a person who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or operates a Continue Reading...

DWI Charge in New Jersey

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey is a strict liability offense requiring no culpable mental state. Driving a vehicle on the roads in New Jersey with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08% is a per se violation of the drinking and driving statute, N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. The State need not demonstrate a defendant's culpable state of mind to prove a violation for drunk driving. This Continue Reading...

Out of State Drivers and DWI in NJ

We are frequently contacted by out of state drivers who have been charged with DWI, DUI, or Refusal in New Jersey. These individuals do not have a New Jersey Driver's License: They have a motor vehicle license from another state and they were stopped on the roadways in New Jersey and given a summons for drinking and driving. These drivers are bound by New Jersey's drinking and driving laws and Continue Reading...

Under the Influence of Drugs and DWI Prosecutions

In my previous post I discussed the "under the influence of alcohol" language of the New Jersey drinking and driving statute N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. There is also important case law regarding driving while intoxicated (DWI) prosecutions for driving while under the influence of drugs. The New Jersey Supreme Court considered this issue in State v. Bealor, 187 N.J. 574 (2006). "Expert testimony remains the Continue Reading...