On December 20, 2017, a school bus driver named Angel Colon was driving a school bus transporting approximately 20 kids to a private school. A Lakewood, NJ police officer responded to a road rage report incident involving the school bus and another car. According to the police, as the officer spoke to the school bus driver, he smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed he had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The school bus driver was charged with DWI and endangering the welfare of children.
“Baby DWI”: Overview of Underage DWI Laws in New Jersey
In this recently published blog, I discussed the legal consequences for underage drinking in New Jersey. Not only is underage drinking rampant in New Jersey but also underage drinking and driving. Regardless of the age of the driver, driving under the influence is a significant legal offense.
Will Your License Be Suspended After Your First DWI in New Jersey?
If you’re like most drivers in New Jersey, it’s hard to imagine getting by without the freedom to hit the road on four wheels. But if you’re facing DWI charges—even if it is your first offense—it is likely that your driver’s license will be suspended.
How Do Field Sobriety Tests Work?
There are several types of evidence that the prosecutor may use in a DWI case to prove that a defendant was in fact driving while intoxicated. Besides the results of chemical tests (blood, breath, or urine tests), the prosecutor may use testimony from the arresting officer as well as the police report to prove that the defendant failed field sobriety tests (FSTs).
What Are the Penalties for DWI with a Minor in the Vehicle?
Even when there are no aggravating circumstances, being charged with DWI is a very serious matter, and a conviction could impact your career, relationships, and financial security. But when circumstances exist that aggravate or enhance DWI charges, the penalties can be much more severe.
What Happens If I Don’t Have the Ignition Interlock Device Installed After a DWI Conviction?
Blowing into an ignition interlock device (IID) is both inconvenient and embarrassing, and the costs of installation and calibration can add up quickly. It is understandable why some people are hesitant to get an IID installed on their vehicle, but failure to do so could result in additional penalties.