Driving under the influence is incredibly dangerous to not only yourself, but also to other drivers on the road. In New Jersey, police officers are cracking down on drunk drivers and drivers that are caught operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. Any time the body is impaired from making basic functions such as thought process, motor skills and reaction time, you may be charged with a DWI. Driving under the influence of an illegal drug, or even certain types of prescription drugs, can leave you facing serious fines, penalties and restitution. If you have been arrested, it is imperative that you contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Benjamin G. Kelsen, Esq. LLC as soon as possible.
An arresting officer will determine if you were driving under the influence by looking for signs of impairment, including dilated pupils, impaired speech and slowed or nervous motor skills or functions. If you are found to be operating a vehicle while under the influence, you will be arrested, booked for a DWI and be scheduled to appear in court to contest or enter into a plea. In some situations, you may be escorted to a hospital to have a blood test completed and depending on the type and amount of drugs that are found in your system, you may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony crime. If convicted, you may spend time in jail, pay steep fines and be forced to complete mandatory court-monitored drug awareness programs.