This blog has discussed a variety of issues that can arise during a traffic stop. Routine traffic stops can often be expanded to investigations into other matters. Drunk driving defense lawyers all across the country are aware that alleged minor traffic violations can all too often result in a DWI arrest of a motorist. Most of the stories discussed on this blog involve incidents reported in North Carolina. But from time to time, an incident from other areas of the country makes news and catches the eye of people across the country.
Generally, each state controls its own laws in criminal laws, but all states presume impairment in DWI cases based upon a 0.08 percent alcohol concentration. How cases are handled can differ widely under the differing state laws. That is one reason it is always important for out-of-state motorists to discuss DWI allegations with an experienced DWI defense lawyer from the state where the charges are filed.
A recent story from the East Coast does not involve an out-of-state motorist, but a driver in a single city accused of DWI a total of five separate times in just over a one-month period.
A man in Vineland, New Jersey has been put in jail on ,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, and drug charges. The man was arrested during a traffic stop just before noon Wednesday, and authorities claim that the DWI arrest is the man’s fifth DWI arrest in 38 days.
The most recent arrest followed a tip from a 911 caller about an erratic driver. Law enforcement apparently responded to the area and police claim that the man drifted across the lane before police pulled the man over.
Police say that they could see an open container in plain view during the traffic stop. Police also claim that the man had oxycodone without a proper prescription. It is not clear whether the most recent DWI charge is based upon oxycodone use. Authorities say that the man refused the DWI test in each of his five arrests over the past 38 days.
Law enforcement says that the same man was arrested just four days earlier on suspicion of DWI after he allegedly drove the wrong way on a one-way street in the same town.
Source: The Daily Journal, “5th DWI arrest for Vineland motorist,” Deborak M. Marko, May 16, 2012