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21Jun 2017

No Plea Bargains for DWI in New Jersey

Most people who watch police procedural TV shows are familiar with the idea of a plea bargain. The prosecutor can offer a lesser charge with a lighter sentence to a defendant if they agree to plea guilty to the lesser charge (or charges). Also, a defendant may ask a prosecutor what they could do for them if they agreed to plead guilty to one of...

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18May 2017

Social Attitudes Then and Now

If you did business decades ago you may remember the Three Martini Lunch. Business people would think nothing of getting in their car after a few drinks during the noon hour and driving back to the office. Everybody was doing it so nobody paid it much mind.Then, in 1980 a drunk driver killed a girl, Cari Lightner. Her mother, Candy Lightner, founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)...

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18May 2017

Move Over Breathalyzer - Make Room for Textalyzer!

A new device has been developed that is certain to change the game when it comes to enforcing distracted driving laws. It is called a Textalyzer and it helps law enforcement determine whether or not texting may have been involved in a collision.How does it work? All an officer needs to do is to connect a cord to the phone and the device will show...

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18May 2017

Other Drugs Affect Driver Performance - Not Just Alcohol

Everyone knows how alcohol impairs driving, but you may not realize how other substances impair one's ability to operate a vehicle safely.According to multiple studies, marijuana seems to affect one's ability to be consistent while driving. Those who were monitored in a virtual driving environment after using marijuana were found to be weaving in their lane and being very inconsistent with their speed.Cocaine users tend...

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18May 2017

In New Jersey, No Hardship Licenses

It is generally accepted that if you are convicted of a DUI you are going to lose your license for a period of time. In most states, there are what are known as "hardship licenses" that, even though a driver's right to drive may have been suspended, the state will grant a license to be used at certain times, such as going to work or...

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