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How do I defend myself against a New Jersey DUI?

Facing DUI charges could profoundly affect your life. You may face jail time, and you will likely be unable to drive for a significant amount of time. This could mean that you are unable to get to work and earn an income. These far-reaching effects of DUI charges are partly why it's so important to take action to defend yourself.

Everyone has the right to defend themselves against a criminal accusation, no matter how obvious the evidence seems to be. Therefore, you should be positive about your possibilities to successfully defend yourself. The following are some defense options that you may not have already considered.

Involuntary intoxication

Drivers have the responsibility to track their own consumption of alcohol before they drive. Drivers should not step behind the wheel if they have had enough alcohol to impair their driving. However, sometimes drivers become intoxicated without intention. For example, if a person orders a non-alcoholic beer at a bar, they will naturally believe that they have not consumed alcohol. However, if they were mistakenly served an alcoholic beer at the bar and were not aware of this, they may unknowingly drive home under the influence of alcohol. In this case, the driver may be able to take legal action against the bar that served them.

Necessity

Sometimes the need to drive overrides the risk of driving under the influence of alcohol. For example, if you had a drink at home before getting an urgent call from a family member whose life was possibly in danger, you may have decided that getting behind the wheel was necessary and the right thing to do. This could lead to a successful defense in some cases.

Mistake of fact

If you genuinely believed that you were not intoxicated at the time of driving, you may be able to use this as a defense. For example, if you take medication that impairs your driving, you may have gotten behind the wheel believing that the effect of the medication had completely worn off.

If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in New Jersey, it is vital that you take early action to form your defense if you hope to have all charges dropped.

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