It seems that every time one turns around in this state there is another DWI or DUI-related traffic accident reported on the web, in the papers or on the local news. As New Jersey drunken driving defense lawyers and motorists ourselves, we often advise our friends and colleagues never to get behind the wheel of an automobile with even a sip of liquor, beer or wine in one’s system.
Why such a strict statement? Because the laws in this state provide for fairly stiff penalties for those defendants who are convicted of drunken driving, even a first-time offense, and there is nothing that we have seen to suggest that driving while intoxicated is worth risking not only one’s hard earned money, but also life and limb. Regardless of where you live, be it Bergen, Passaic, Ocean or Monmouth County, being arrested for drunk driving or DUI associated with prescription drugs, the costs of a conviction are not worth taking a chance.
The other reason, though it isn’t even something that drivers should contemplate, is that once a motorist is driving on a public road with some alcohol in his or her bloodstream, being stopped for even the most innocuous or seemingly minor traffic offense, moving violation or vehicle infraction can open one up to close scrutiny by a state trooper or municipal cop.