FYI: DWI checkpoints scheduled this weekend in Cumberland and Ocean counties
State Police Plan Crackdown Along Key Jersey Shore Roadways
If you live, work or play in the Maurice River Township, Cumberland County and Toms River, Ocean County areas, or if you’re driving down to the Jersey Shore, you’ll need to be extra careful this weekend.
This Saturday, June 4, 2016, the New Jersey State Police will set up sobriety checkpoints in the vicinity of those New Jersey communities. The plan was announced via Facebook.
“Now, before some of you blow your gaskets, just think about this for a minute,” the State Police explained. “We’re announcing WHEN it’s going to happen. We’re announcing WHERE it’s going to happen. If you get mad because our checkpoints disrupt your drinking and driving, well, too bad.”
The consequences associated with drinking or getting high and driving are objectively bad. DWI/DUI convictions carry severe consequences for our clients including fines, license suspension, and secondary effects to employment and one’s lifestyle.
The good news is that we’re here to help.
We’ve discussed the nuances of DWI/DUI checkpoints before here at our New Jersey legal blog.
In a majority of U.S. states including our own state of New Jersey, rightly or wrongly, motor vehicle sobriety checkpoints do not automatically constitute illegal “searches or seizures.” That said, the police are obviously bound to abide by certain procedures mandated by both statute or the U.S Constitution. The first step in mounting a successful DUI/DWI defense always involves examining the constitutionality of the initial stop itself.
DeMichele & DeMichele attorneys will closely evaluate the circumstances surrounding your DUI/DWI stop to ascertain whether the police had cause to pull you over in the first place. We will then proceed to analyze the state’s case, point-by-point, to protect your rights and hold the state to its proofs.
Before you plead guilty to a DWI in New Jersey and lose your driving privilege, pay a substantial fine, pay surcharges, pay increased automobile insurance premiums and possibly go to jail, contact the DWI defense lawyers at DeMichele & DeMichele. Our lawyers have worked as municipal court prosecutors and public defenders in several South Jersey towns.