Category: Traffic Defense

What You Should Have in Case You Get Pulled Over in NJ (& The Penalties if You Don’t)

As a traffic lawyer serving Camden County and the surrounding area, we are well acquainted with what a driver needs to do to prevent unnecessary punishments. While these following points may seem obvious, possessing them for your car while driving can prove to save you both time and money. Today, we’re going to break down the three essential things to have in case you get pulled over in the Garden State.

License

It’s always important to keep your license on you when you’re driving. It provides a valid form of identification that could help identify you in the case of a tragic accident or emergency. However, it does more than just show who you are: it shows that you are legally allowed to drive in the state. In the state of New Jersey, driving is a privilege rather than a right. Having a license to drive is an essential part of travel here, and not having one will lead to drastic punishments. These punishments, dependent on the particular situation of the violation, can lead up to a $500 fine, 60 days in prison, and ineligibility to get a license for 180 days. With these sentences in mind, it’s critical to keep a valid license on your person to avoid being fined or jailed for something this simple and seemingly trivial.

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Is it Possible to Get a DUI for Using CBD in New Jersey?

As recreational and medicinal marijuana use increases and becomes legal in different states all over the nation, there has been growing interest in a particular marijuana extract: cannabidiol, or CBD.  Since it doesn’t get you “high,” some consider CBD completely harmless. Others aren’t sure what claims are backed by data and which are just a rumor. As DWI lawyers near Burlington County, The Law Offices of Jason Pollack understands that the popularity of CBD brings up many questions for motorists all over New Jersey, such as, “Could I get a DUI for this?” Before we answer that, let’s take a more in-depth look at the facts of and buzz around CBD.

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What Happens to My Driver’s License After I Get a DUI?

As a team of trusted DUI lawyers servicing Camden County, the Law Offices of Jason C. Pollack, P.C. understands a motorist’s concerns about the state of his or her driver’s license after he or she receives a DUI. Although New Jersey doesn’t distinguish between a DWI (driving while intoxicated) and a DUI (driving under the influence), this doesn’t mean punishments are the same across the board. Today, we’ll provide a brief overview of what happens to your driver’s license in the event of a first, second, or third DUI in New Jersey (as well as other contributing factors).

First Offense

While New Jersey categorizes DWIs as traffic offenses rather than criminal ones, convictions carry hefty legal consequences. If your BAC is at least 0.08 percent but lower than 0.10 percent, you can lose your driving privileges for three months. A conviction with a BAC of 0.10 percent or higher comes with a longer license suspension for first-time offenders, along with more severe fines and penalties. Depending on their discretion, a judge may require the installation of an interlock device for six months to one year.

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Is There a Difference Between a DUI and a DWI?

As a DWI defense attorney serving in Camden County and the surrounding areas, the Law Offices of Jason C. Pollack, P.C. know that you may have heard a number of different terms and acronyms for intoxicated driving charges. It’s understandable you might be a bit confused by them all, which is why we’re here to help clear them up for you and offer a more in-depth look at other intoxication charges you may not be familiar with. One of the most well-known terms, DUI, stands for "driving under the influence," while the acronym DWI stands for "driving while intoxicated,” although there are instances where DWI stands for "driving while impaired." While all the language sounds very open to interpretation, the actual offenses vary from state-to-state. All of these acronyms aren’t interchangeable, as these terms can have different meanings depending on where you are in the country.

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