While most Camden residents are responsible and make good decisions a majority of the time, sometimes they choose to drink a couple of beers and then go out on the road. This recurring behavior has spurred several laws related to drinking under the influence. If a driver is pulled over, generally law enforcement will seek to administer a sobriety test but citizens can refuse to take one just as they can refuse to speak to authorities without a lawyer present.
A man from Jersey City is now facing DUI charges after law enforcement officers pulled him over for running a stop sign within a school zone. The charges against him include refusal to take a breath test, driving under the influence in a school zone, driving without a license and driving under the influence. The officers reported smelling alcohol in the man's vehicle and subsequently asked him to take a sobriety test.
According to the authorities, the man refused to take a sobriety test -- not once, but twice. Officers also discovered that he had no identification. The man allegedly admitted to having a few beers. If he is found guilty of driving under the influence, he could be looking at serious consequences including fines, suspension of his license -- if he has one -- or even jail time.
This man may want to consider hiring an attorney to defend him. An attorney may be able to argue that the man's blood-alcohol content did not exceed the legal limit, have the breath test refusal charge dropped, or negotiate for a more lenient sentence, especially if it is his first offense.
Source: The Jersey Journal, "Jersey City man charged in West New York with DUI, cops say," Anthony J. Machcinski, Jan. 11, 2013