COVID-19 NOTICE: Sutnick & Sutnick, LLC remains open to serve the legal needs of our clients, and for consultations with potential clients, safely via phone, email, or videoconference. Let’s all stay healthy and safe.

Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law
X
X

Default Template

You may not consider yourself a heavy drinker, but you do enjoy drinking a beer or two, or sipping on an alcoholic beverage while out with friends. You understand the consequences that drinking and driving can have, and you would never put yourself in a situation where your actions could harm another person. As a result, you want to keep your blood alcohol concentration low.

Drinking responsibly does not mean not drinking at all. You can take various actions to ensure that you do not have too much or find yourself in a situation where your BAC has reached a point that makes it dangerous to drive.

Drinking responsibly

Though your friends may encourage you to drink more while you are out or want you to participate in drinking games at a party, those are risky behaviors to consent to. Though your friends may mean you no harm in encouraging you to drink - and only want you to have a good time - it is important to remember that you are in control of how much you drink. Additionally, drinking games can seem fun, but they can quickly lead to you drinking more than you intended.

If you feel like you have hit your limit, it is important to give yourself some time before jumping behind the wheel of your vehicle. Your BAC level can continue to rise even after you have stopped drinking, so though you may believe you are good to drive, your BAC may have risen to an illegal level.

Facing a DUI

Unfortunately, even if you do your best to avoid reaching or exceeding the legal BAC limit, you could still end up under suspicion of DUI. An officer may stop your vehicle for an unrelated traffic violation, but if he or she smells alcohol or thinks you appear intoxicated, your routine traffic stop could turn into a DUI investigation. 

An officer may have you perform a breath test, and even if your BAC is below the legal limit, the machine could come back with a high level due to a variety of factors that affect its reading. These machines are notoriously unreliable, but a high reading could still give an officer probable cause to place you under arrest.

Defending against charges

It is not unheard of for sober drivers to face charges for DUI. The tests officers use, from breath tests to field sobriety tests, are questionable and often subjective, so you could end up having to defend against charges even though your abilities were not impaired. If this happens to you, remember that you can seek help with this ordeal from an experienced New Jersey defense attorney.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • "Sutnick & Sutnick are two truly outstanding lawyers. They have helped me with several difficult issues over the years, and have never failed me once.

    I wholeheartedly recommend them to whoever reads this, as I do to all my friends and family whenever they need help. They are kind, professional, and know what they’re doing." T.K.

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

View More

Do You Have Questions? We Have Answers.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

  • new jersey supreme court
  • HLA

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

Court Plaza South, West Wing
21 Main St #171
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-212-4532
Phone: 201-342-8555
Fax: 201-342-7557
HACKENSACK OFFICE

172 East 161 Street
Bronx, NY 10451

Phone: 201-212-4532
Phone: 212-414-4330
Fax: 201-342-7557
BRONX OFFICE

North Haledon Office
810 Belmont Avenue #201
North Haledon, NJ 07508

Phone: 201-212-4532
Fax: 201-342-7557
Map & Directions