Raritan Police Charge Defendant with DWI
A thirty-five year old male from Raritan Township was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated during the December 15th snow storm.
According to the Raritan Patch, on December 15, 2017, the police were dispatched to Joseph’s Church, which is located at 16 East Somerset Street in reports of a suspicious vehicle. When the police arrived on scene, they discovered the Defendant’s vehicle located in the back parking lot. Upon speaking to the Defendant they learned that not only had he been doing “doughnuts” in the snow and that he had run out of gas but also that he was also under the influence as well. Based on their observations, the Defendant was formally arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was most likely taken down to the Raritan Police Station, processed and was released on a summons to appear in the Raritan Municipal Court to answer for the charges.
How Do Police Know if a Defendant is DWI?
If after a motor vehicle stop the officer suspects that the driver is operating under the influence of alcohol they will ask the driver to step outside the vehicle to perform what is known as standardized field sobriety tests (SFST). SFST’s are the initial tests that most suspected drunk drivers are put through so that the officer can confirm or deny their suspicion that the driver is operating under the influence. If the driver fails the SFST’s they will be placed under arrested and taken down to the police station so that they can submit a breath sample on the Alcotest Machine. If the suspect readings are .08% or above they will be charged with driving while intoxicated. If the suspect refuse to submit to the sample then they will be charged with not only driving while intoxicated but refusal to submit to a breath sample as well. It is important to note here that even if the drivers readings on the Alcotest Machine are less than a .08% they could still be charged a DWI. For more information on DWI’s in New Jersey please do not hesitate to contact our office at 908.533.1064.
DWI Lawyers in Raritan Twp. NJ
Although driving while intoxicated charges are technically considered traffic in nature, the ramifications if convicted can be more severe then some criminal charges. If convicted, a Defendant would be facing not only a mandatory license loss but high fines, community service, imposition of the ignition interlock device as well as jail time. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DWI in Raritan, Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Readington, Clinton or elsewhere in Somerset County, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. To schedule a free initial consultation today, please contact our Bridgewater office at 908-533-1064 or leave us an email. One of our attorneys would be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs.
For more information on this incident, please checkout the article on Raritan patch called Raritan Man Did ‘Doughnuts’ In Church Lot, Arrested For DWI.