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Driving drunk isn’t the only alcohol consumption offense

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2024 | DUI/DWI

Sometimes the perfect social setting involves a refreshing drink outdoors. Those seeking a lively atmosphere other than a bar or restaurant should get to know New Jersey’s alcohol laws.

The state’s reputation for strict regulations is warranted, and public consumption of alcohol can land you in hot water if you are unfamiliar with the law.

Public alcohol consumption – still a work in progress

Recently, a bill with significant implications for outdoor alcohol enjoyment became law. It authorized municipalities to establish designated public drinking zones.

However, since the law is still somewhat new, some towns may have not yet created designated drinking areas. It is wise to check local regulations before assuming that public consumption is permitted to avoid alcohol-involved charges.

Drunk driving – never an option

Everyone knows that driving while intoxicated is illegal. Some people try to skirt the law by hiding alcohol in a different container, but they can end up facing DUI/DWI charges anyway.

Police officers know how to identify signs of intoxicated driving beyond open alcohol containers. Swerving, speeding or slow driving can give them probable cause to pull you over. During the stop, they look for other indicators, such as slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, to identify possible intoxication.

In a legitimate traffic stop, police officers may search your vehicle and belongings, including drink containers. Driving under the influence is a serious offense with potentially life-altering consequences, even for a first offense.

If you’ve been charged with drinking in a place where it’s illegal or driving under the influence, don’t assume you cannot overcome your circumstances. Having experienced legal guidance can help you determine your best option.