There is little that can worry a driver more than being stopped by a city or township police officer or state police trooper after having had a couple drinks prior. The fear of getting a ticket for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by liquor, beer or wine, and even prescription medication can be overwhelming to some. Having to stand up in front of a municipal or county judge to answer for a DWI charge can be humiliating, to say the least. Never mind the financial and social cost.
And this is when nothing else bad has occurred to cause the traffic stop. As New Jersey drunken driving defense attorneys, I and my staff of qualified DWI lawyers know that being arrested for drunk driving or receiving a DUI summons is no picnic especially if the arrest coincided with a traffic accident, injury to another driver or passenger, or worst of all, an untimely death. The fact is, neither the police nor New Jersey’s court system is even mildly sympathetic to individuals who drive while intoxicated by alcohol or impaired by doctor-prescribed medication.
With hundreds of drunk driving cases passing through New Jersey courts every month, it’s no surprise that many of those will have involved a collision or some other more serious offense. Because of the seriousness of some drunken driving incidents, many states have laws on the books that penalize drivers for committing DWI-related offenses under a variety of circumstances, not the least of which is driving drunk with a minor riding inside the car with that person.