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The reliability of breath tests questioned in report

More than 30,000 drunk driving cases in New Jersey and Massachusetts were dismissed over the course of just 12 months because judges found the toxicology evidence supporting them to be unreliable. This was just one of the discoveries made by New York Times reporters who looked into the ways breath tests are administered in the United States. The results of their efforts were published by the newspaper on Nov. 3.

Field sobriety test accuracy rates

If you find yourself facing criminal charges for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in New Jersey, it is important for you to learn about the facts that may be used to support a conviction by the prosecution team. These include the outcomes of the standardized field sobriety tests that are administered at the location of your stop and before you are arrested.

Sayreville man accused of sexual abuse

Allegations of abuse against children may often prompt anger in community members in Paterson. When that abuse is reported to be sexual, that anger can be even further compounded. The fact that it was allegedly perpetrated against kids may cause many to rush to judgment and assign guilt to those accused before even allowing the facts of a case to come out. Even when those facts are released, people may already be so deeply prejudiced that they may have already formed their opinions. It should be remembered, however, that judgments should be reserved until a clear case is present. 

Understanding IIDs

People who are placed under arrest and charged with suspected driving while intoxicated offenses in New Jersey will want to learn about the potential consequences they may face if they end up being convicted for this type of charge. Among the various penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction is the loss of driving privileges. A driver may also be ordered to install and use an ignition interlock device. 

Critiquing breathalyzer accuracy

One who has been arrested and charged with drunk driving in Paterson may believe that challenging such an accusation is impossible (especially if what prompted their arrest was the result of a roadside breath test. Yet breathalyzer accuracy has long been debated; indeed, information shared by the National Motorists Association shows that the margin of error on such devices can be as high as 50 percent? How could the results of such a test potentially be so far off? To answer that question, one must first understand why breath is used as a good measurement of one's blood alcohol content in the first place. 

Subjective evidence in a drunk driving case

Despite the stereotypes that abound, it is not uncommon for a very responsible person in New Jersey to end up facing a charge of driving while intoxicated. If this has happened to you, it is important that you educate yourself about the arrest process so you know how to best proceed through your defense. One thing you should know is how much subjective evidence may be collected and used against you.

Reviewing New Jersey's self-defense laws

It may be easy for you to dismiss those claiming self-defense as justification for allegedly criminal actions in Paterson until you are placed in a position where defending yourself or others may be necessary. Where you might believe that taking action against another is justified, others may view your conduct as being excessive. What really matters is how the law applies the term, which is exactly the question that many bring to us here at Sciro & Marotta, P.C.

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