Monmouth County Towns Obtain Grant for DWI Blitz
Law enforcement throughout New Jersey is back at it yet again. The annual holiday DWI crackdown is about to be under way in towns throughout the State, including five towns in Monmouth County. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign starts this Friday and will run through New Years Day. In total, 133 police departments throughout the State have received just under $600,000 worth of grants in order to facilitate extra checkpoints as well as extra patrols in order to help make it a safer holiday season. In 2018 alone, the blitz helped nab 1,269 individuals who are alleged to have been driving while impaired. Although that number is till shocking, it is down from 1,400 in 2017.
Charged with DWI in Manalapan New Jersey?
Monmouth County is taking full advantage of New Jersey’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. According to nj.com, the Middletown, Manalapan, Howell, Holmdel and Spring Lake Heights Police Departments each received $5,500 worth of grants. As mentioned above, the grant money will be used to increase local patrol as well as checkpoints. The increased patrol is coming just after the New Jersey legislature voted to totally change DWI penalties. Starting on December 1, 2019, anyone arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated as a first time offender will most likely not be subject to a license suspension but will force to install an interlock device. According to the new legislation, first time offenders with a blood alcohol limit of 0.08% to 0.10% will be required to have an interlock device installed in their vehicle for 3 months. If the individuals blood alcohol content is between a 0.10% and a 0.15%, they would be required to have the interlock device installed in their vehicle for 7 – 12 months. If the individual’s blood alcohol content is above a .15% they would be required to have the interlock device installed in their vehicle for 9 – 15 months and a loss of license of 4 – 6 months. This is a far cry from where New Jersey legislatures used to be when it comes to sentencing DWI offenders.
Facing a DUI in Monmouth County New Jersey
If you have unfortunately been charged with a DWI in Monmouth County, we strongly urge that you consult with an experienced DWI defense attorney immediately. Our office has been defending those accused of driving while intoxicated in towns throughout Monmouth County for the last decade. We serve all of Monmouth County, including towns like Hazlet, West Long Branch, Colts Neck, Matawan, Asbury Park, Wall Township, Freehold Township, Neptune City and Marlboro. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today, please contact our Middletown Office directly at 732.858.6959. Our office is located directly across the street from the Middletown Municipal Court at 18 Kings Highway.