The law against driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey has been revised and went into effect in December 2019. Changes require a person convicted of DWI to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. Additionally, some automatic license suspensions for first time offenders will be revoked. In this case, license suspensions will only be enforced until the IID is installed.
An IID records a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level. The driver must blow air into a handheld alcohol sensor unit, which prevents the vehicle from operating if the BAC detected is more than 0.08 percent. The driver must periodically provide a sample for continued operation of the vehicle. Failure to timely provide the sample sets off a warning until the vehicle is turned off.
License suspension provisions remain in effect for repeat offenders and for those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of a narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug. The suspension period can range from seven months to a year for first offenders. Repeat offenders face stricter penalties.
If You are Stopped at a Check Point
Enhanced monitoring for DWI/DUI usually occurs on holidays, weekends, and later in the evening. Check points are often located near popular entertainment venues and bars. If you are stopped, then you will be asked to roll down your window and speak to an officer. They will ask for your license and proof of registration and insurance. They may ask where you are going or coming from and check your record for any outstanding warrants.
The interaction will involve an assessment of your condition to determine if you exhibit any signs of intoxication or impairment. Officers will search for:
- Smell of alcohol
- Slurred speech
- Flushed face
- Bloodshot eyes
If you show signs of intoxication, the officer is likely to request that you step out of the car to administer a roadside field sobriety test. A variety of sobriety tests may be used, such as asking you to stand on one leg or to recite the alphabet. If you fail the sobriety test, you will most likely be arrested and subjected to the implied consent rule, which permits the officer to administer a breathalyzer test.
If you were arrested for a DWI/DUI charge, it is important to preserve your rights. The best way to do this is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help defend your case in court.
Haddonfield Criminal Defense Attorneys at Aita Law, LLC Help Those Facing DWI/DUI Charges
If you were charged with DWI/DUI, contact the Cherry Hill criminal defense attorneys at Aita Law, LLC. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys have worked tirelessly to defend clients faced with these charges. To set up a free consultation, call us at 856-287-7800 or complete an online form. Located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Cherry Hill and Camden County.