On March 17, partygoers in New Jersey will be wearing green and celebrating the day on which St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. With revelers drinking green beer and participating in parades in their communities, there is no question that law enforcement officials in New Jersey will be keeping a close watch on the roadways for tipsy drivers. If you drive drunk this St. Patty’s Day, the “luck of the Irish” may desert you. If you are arrested for driving under the influence in New Jersey, the legal hangover may follow you long after the party.
There are many consequences that drivers in New Jersey must think about before picking up the keys and driving while buzzed. In addition to putting yourself, your loved ones, and others on the street in grave danger, you are also looking at serious legal and financial issues. Some of the consequences include potential jail time, hefty fines, cost of attending an alcohol education program, court fees, installation of an ignition interlock device, and, of course, insurance rate hikes. In addition, there could also be personal and professional consequences such as loss of employment.
If you are planning to party on St. Patrick’s Day, please make sure that you do not drink and drive. Instead, ask a designated driver to take you home or simply take a cab. Due to heightened enforcement, we also often see wrongful drunk driving arrests made on holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day.
If you have been wrongfully arrested or charged with a DWI or if you are looking to defend your charges, the experienced New Jersey DWI defense lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you understand your options. Please contact us today at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation.