Enjoying an alcoholic beverage can be, for many people, a pleasurable experience where a person can relax, unwind after a busy day, and even socialize over drinks with friends. Moderation, as with any intoxicating substance, is key. Unfortunately some people take those enjoyable moments too far. As a DUI attorney in NJ, one common event is a DUI charge following a night of binge drinking.
In New Jersey, a driver suspected of driving under the influence is tested for the level of intoxication he or she may be operating under. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level can be tested in a number of ways, including by Alcotest, blood or urine. According to the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, “a person with a BAC of 0.08% or greater who operates a motor vehicle or a boat is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).”
Drivers whose BAC level exceeds the legal limit of .08% can face stiff penalties depending on the number of incidents of DUI in their past, as well as the level of the driver’s BAC. If you have been arrested in the past for intoxicated driving in NJ you should be aware that penalties increase.
Excessive drinking, including binge drinking, remains a serious concern for health care professionals. In fact, a recent report published in the New York Times by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that up to “10 percent of deaths among working-age adults in the United States” result from excessive drinking. According to Robert D. Brewer, co-author of the paper and the director of the alcohol program at the CDC says, “It’s a huge public health problem any way you slice it.”
Beyond the health risks that binge drinking poses, excessive drinking inhibits cognitive reasoning, which can lead to making poor decisions. Clearly, the public policy concerns of increasing DUI penalties make sense in terms of maintaining safety. But the rights of the accused do not hinge on public policy considerations alone. The handling of evidence, including the manner in which a traffic stop and Breathalyzer / Alcotest are conducted, weigh in the greater scheme of upholding the rights of the accused.
Every person accused of violating public safety, or endangering the public through reckless or intentional acts, deserves the best defense. This is why NJ defense attorneys do what they do. Whether the first or fifth DUI, the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC is here to help the accused mount to the best defense possible.
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