Fighting Drugged Driving Charges
You cannot afford a conviction for drugged driving. Called driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey, a drugged driving conviction results in short-term penalties such as fines and jail time as well as long-term consequences that could have a negative impact on the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with DWI, you need to fight these charges aggressively.
At Steven A. Garner, Attorney At Law, I have more than a decade of experience defending clients against DWI and other criminal charges in Somerset County and the surrounding areas of New Jersey. I have experience as a public defender and as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice. In my time as an attorney, I have established a track record of successful defense against a range of criminal charges.
Marijuana In New Jersey
Marijuana is the most common drug associated with drugged driving. In New Jersey, medical marijuana is legal when legally prescribed, but marijuana for recreational purposes is still against the law.
What Is Drugged Driving?
Drugged driving is a criminal offense similar to driving under the influence (DUI). The law is simple: If you are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, it is a crime. In New Jersey, the charge is called driving while intoxicated (DWI), either from alcohol or other drugs.
In New Jersey, as in many states, you do not have the legal right to refuse a drug test if you are arrested for drugged driving. The legal concept is called implied consent. The very fact that you are driving implies that you consent to be tested. You can technically refuse a test, but in most cases, this is not in your best interest.
The penalties for a drugged driving conviction are connected to the charges for drunk driving. Even for a first offense, you could have to go to jail for 30 days and face $500 in fines. Further, a conviction like this will go on your record, which makes it more difficult to obtain housing or employment.
It is critical to fight against drugged driving charges aggressively. There is too much at stake to do anything less.