What’s important to know about DWI in New Jersey?

  • The penalties for driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol are very similar, but the police procedure involved in making this determination are very different.
  • In the case of drugs, the arresting officer needs to bring a drug recognition expert to the scene to aid in making a determination. For the state to prove its case, you must be taken to a hospital to provide a blood sample.
  • The critical thing to know is that you can legally refuse to give a blood sample; in that case the police need to obtain a warrant. If they can’t get one, if they go ahead and get a blood sample anyway it is not admissible in court.