Every year around Labor Day, police in New Jersey crack down on drunk driving. In 2013, 1,365 DWI arrests were made throughout the state during the Labor Day initiative. If you’ve recently driven on an interstate in New Jersey, then you may have seen signs for this year’s campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Hundreds of police departments are participating by increasing patrols and setting up DWI checkpoints.

If you are accused of DWI, then you can expect the charge to be aggressively prosecuted. You should also have an aggressive DWI defense to protect your rights and interests. The stakes are high in these cases, as a conviction could result in jail time, heavy fines, insurance surcharges, an ignition interlock device and driver’s license suspension.

Police must have probable cause to stop a driver, though DWI checkpoints are set up under special circumstances. In any case, if you are facing a DWI charge, then it may be appropriate, from a defense perspective, to challenge the legality of the traffic stop. Without evidence of probable cause, a DWI charge could be dismissed.

In New Jersey, police use a machine called the AlcoTest 7110 MK III to check for alcohol impairment. Like other breath tests, this machine is not perfect, and errors can occur. The data produced by the machine should be carefully analyzed to ensure that a faulty reading doesn’t lead to a conviction. Blood tests must also be properly documented and analyzed.

Anyone accused of DWI has a right to challenge the prosecution’s evidence. A lawyer with experience in handling DWI cases can assess your particular situation and develop a defense strategy that minimizes negative consequences.

Source: NJ.com, “Police across N.J. to target drunken drivers in weeks ahead of Labor Day weekend,” Cristina Rojas, Aug. 13, 2014