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A Holiday Drinking Test from NBC

Posted by Matt Rooney | Dec 17, 2013 | 0 Comments


DeMichele & DeMichele handles a large number of DUI/DWI cases on a regular basis. The Alcotest reading (still colloquially referred to as the “breath” or “breathalyzer” test) often comes in to play as a major flash point during the discovery process. It's a frequent topic here at our blog as a direct result, and the defendant's blood alcohol content (BAC) reading can affect sentencing or even whether he or she is guilty of the substantive crime. You can imagine the extent to which the December Christmas party circuit brings these issues front-and-center for New Jersey motorists who never previously pondered the scientific accuracy of this oft-misunderstood instrument. This week Mike Halfacre, the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control which is part of the Office of the Attorney General in New Jersey's Department of Law and Public Safety, hosted a unique social experiment on NBC's Today Show. Several New Jersey residents were invited to a party (with full knowledge that they'd have designated drivers or cabs to get home) to drink alcoholic beverages freely and then subject themselves to a state trooper administering an Alcotest.  Many participants were surprised by their readings:

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We're sure that many of you found this video eye-opening! Motorists are also often take aback by the severity of penalties resulting from DUI/DWI convictions. Of course, the entire DeMichele & DeMichele family wishes you and yours a happy, fun and, most importantly, safe holiday season 2013. However, if you do end up facing charges for a DUI/DWI in a New Jersey municipal or superior court after an office party, happy hour or family gathering, we're here to help you get through this trying experience by putting forth the strongest possible defense. If you or a loved one needs strong representation in a New Jersey municipal court, contact the municipal court defense lawyers at DeMichele & DeMichele today. We are here to defend the charges against you. Contact us now for your confidential and free initial consultation. You can also reach us by telephone (856) 546-1350. Don't just plead guilty and risk your driving privilege or driving record.

About the Author

Matt Rooney

Practice Areas: Family Law (including Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, and Domestic Violence); Municipal Court; Personal Injury; Residential Real Estate; Civil Litigation; Collections.


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