Driver accused of traveling 113 mph before fatal DWI crash indicted

Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. A grand jury has indicted a Salem County man on aggravated manslaughter and death by auto charges following a fatal crash in which he was allegedly traveling at more than 100 mph just seconds before the collision. Stephen M. Karwowski, 30, of Pittsgrove Township, was driving a pickup…

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Failure of A Judge to Advise You About Increased Penalties for Future DUI’s, Will Not Prevent Those Increased Penalties from Being Applied

State v. Lukens Appellate Docket No.: A-0458-20 Decided April 13, 2021 Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In an unpublished opinion, the Appellate Division of New Jersey reviewed whether the failure to warn defendant of increased penalties, including six months imprisonment for a conviction of a third driving while intoxicated (DUI), during the plea…

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An Alcotest and Field Sobriety Test Are Not Absolutely Necessary to Prove Intent to Operate A Vehicle Under the Influence

State v. Lyons Appellate Docket No.: A-3017-19 Decided March 24, 2021 Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In a recent unpublished opinion, the Appellate Division of New Jersey reviewed a conviction of a driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor (DUI) and leaving the scene of an accident after defendant was found outside of…

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Why Is It So Hard To Test Whether Drivers Are Stoned?

Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. Law enforcement officials would love to have a clear way to tell when a driver is too drugged to drive. But the decades of experience the country has in setting limits for alcohol have turned out to be rather useless so far because the mind-altering compound in cannabis,…

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Refusing to Provide a Sample for a Breathalyzer will Result in a Conviction if the Defendant Cannot Show Circumstances of the Refusal

State v. Harris Appellate Docket No.: A-5499-18T1 Decided October 26, 2020 Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In an unpublished opinion, the Appellate Division of New Jersey reviewed a Law Division appeal of a conviction of a refusal to take a DUI breathalyzer because defendant had a brain tumor. In State v. Harris,…

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Be Careful When Challenging Alcotest Test Results | New Jersey DWI

State v. Meyer Appellate Docket No.: A-3138-18T1 Decided September 18, 2020 Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark In a recent unpublished decision, the Appellate Division reviewed whether a DWI conviction was properly administered in municipal court. In State v. Meyer, defendant was involved in a three-car accident in Lacey Township that resulted in…

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You do not need to be in your car to be convicted of a DWI in New Jersey

State v. John Thompson New Jersey Appellate Division   (Approved for Publication February 10, 20200 Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. Fact: In appealing his convictions for operating a vehicle while under the N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.2, defendant argues that the evidence does not support the statutory requirement of “operat[ing]” the vehicle when the record reveals…

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DWI defense of “necessity“

This is a very interesting case for several points. I will address each one individually. Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. Standard of review for the appeal of a municipal court decision by the municipal court judge. I have written numerous blogs on this issue previously but it worth repeating at this time.…

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The Unforeseen Dangers of a Device That Curbs Drunken Driving

Ignition interlock devices are becoming ubiquitous. They can distract drivers and cause crashes. Submitted by New Jersey DWI Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. Over the past decade, states have increasingly turned to a powerful tool to stop drunken driving before it starts: miniature breathalyzers, wired into a car’s electronics, that prevent the engine from starting unless the…

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