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DUI processing: What happens after the arrest?

As someone facing a DUI, it's of the utmost importance that you do all you can to protect yourself. When you're pulled over, you know you're potentially facing trouble. You drank, but that in itself isn't enough to result in a DUI unless you were driving dangerously.

If you are arrested, you'll be taken to the police station. Upon arrival, you'll likely be searched, and any money or property will be taken, documented and inventoried. You should get these items returned to you upon release.

Traffic crimes: Points add up quickly

Traffic crimes are normally situations that you wouldn't think of as having a major impact on others; speeding, weaving in and out of traffic in a rush or violating local traffic laws may all seem innocuous, but they can actually get you into deep trouble.

If you are charged with a crime or receive a violation, you will likely need to go to traffic court. Traffic court is a local court that has limited jurisdiction. It only hears cases involving violations of local ordinances, regulations or statutes involving road use and motor vehicles. This is the court that can decide if you will receive points on your license, face fines or other penalties.

Field-sobriety tests: Not as foolproof as they seem

Proving that a person is intoxicated without a blood or breath test is not an exact science. There are three tests that officers use to determine if you are impaired. The problem with these tests is that people who are completely sober can fail them. The tests include standing on one leg, following a pen's movement with your eyes and walking and turning.

The problem with these tests is that there is a lot of room for errors. Here are a few examples of how each of these tests could lead to an innocent person being accused of driving while intoxicated.

What actions result in traffic tickets?

Traffic laws have been in place for decades to protect people on the roads from getting into collisions. With over 90 percent of those over the age of 16 licensed to drive, it's necessary for people to do all they can to keep the roads safe. That includes learning how to be safe drivers themselves.

From time to time, most people do end up with traffic violations. Maybe they sped too quickly in an area or didn't get a good night of sleep and swerved abruptly. Either one could result in a ticket.

Do you have to stop immediately when the police pull you over?

Evading police is a serious charge, because it means you did not stop when you were ordered to do so. Being pulled over is a part of life if you violate the law, but not stopping isn't usually an option. Whether you have an officer direct you to stop or see flashing lights behind you when you're driving, you need to pull to the side of the road. If you don't, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

There could be times when you may not be able to stop right away when an officer attempts to pull you over. That's fine, so long as you pull over as soon as possible. For example, if you're on a busy street, you might put your hazard lights on and turn onto a side road before stopping. Generally, you want to indicate to the police that you do intend to stop by slowing down, using your hazards and coming to a stop relatively quickly.

Understand how to get your license back in New Jersey

If you have a revoked license, it can be difficult to get it back. Not only does a revocation mean that you've lost your license, it also means you need to retake tests and apply for your license again. The state has some control over whether or not you make application for or be approved to get a new license as well.

There are a number of reasons why a license might be suspended and eventually revoked, from racking up too many points from traffic violations to failing to appear in court or pay fines. If you are at fault for an accident, abandon your vehicle on a public highway or can't prove that you have insurance, these are all things that could result in your license being suspended or revoked, especially if you've committed one or more of these offenses over time.

You have a right to a defense for traffic violations

When you're driving in New York City, one thing you have to constantly be aware of is the traffic. There is not a moment that goes by when there aren't other vehicles on the roads.

The roads can be congested, and that sometimes makes them hard to deal with. However, you still have the obligation to drive as safely as you can.

Police charge woman who drove to station impaired

A DUI or DWI has the potential to hurt anyone's prospects in the future. Whether you plan to get licensed as a professional of some kind or just need to drive to work, a DWI or DUI could hurt your ability to do so.

Sometimes, people just make bad decisions. Other times, someone who tried to make a good decision ends up in a bad situation by no fault of his or her own. This is why a strong DUI defense is important for your case.

Cameras in Newark watch the public as the public watches back

If you drive in Newark, you should know about new surveillance cameras installed to monitor their surroundings. According to a June 9 report, the cameras are accessible by the public, allowing almost anyone to see those within the camera's view.

Official camera feeds have their benefits, like having the option for the public to monitor them and to report incidents they see online. However, Newark is one of the only places where this is commonplace.

Revoked licenses: When your license can be revoked

Traffic offenses can result in you losing your driver's license. There are certain offenses that lead to suspension or revocation, and repeat violations can lead to suspensions and revocations as well.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. That means that you are not entitled to keep your license if you cannot drive safely. After a revocation, you'll have to wait a period of time before you can apply for a new license. The state may decide to deny your application in the future for any reason, but primarily if you fail the tests you need to take to get your license back.

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