New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

Can I be Found Guilty of DWI in NJ Based on a Failed Road Side Sobriety Test?

TThe first thing many of my DWI clients ask me is whether the State can prosecute a DWI based solely on an officer finding that an individual failed a Road Side Sobriety Test. In New Jersey, the State must prove that an individual was Driving While Intoxicated beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the State does not always need a failed Breathalyzer or Alcotest to meet this burden. The State can meet their burden by objectively proving that an individual’s physical coordination or mental faculties are impaired. In one case, the Supreme Court of New Jersey found that the defendant’s admission that he consumed a considerable amount of alcohol combined with the police officer’s observations that the defendant was intoxicated was enough to sustain a charge of DWI.


In another case, the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division found that a conviction for DWI can be sustained based solely on the police officer’s observation that the defendant smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and displayed slowed hand movements. Given the weight that Road Side Sobriety Tests can have in a DWI prosecution it is imperative that a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney or New Jersey DWI Attorney review and analyze the evidence against an individual charged with DWI to ensure that the arresting officers followed correct protocol.


Quite often the arresting officers fail to administer Road Side Sobriety Tests as they are trained to do. Other times the arresting officers fail to take additional factors into consideration like weather, type of footwear the individual was wearing, medical reasons and other relevant factors. It is critical that these factors are brought to the prosecution’s attention in all DWI cases. If you or a loved one have been charged with DWI feel free to call New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney and New Jersey DWI Attorney Joel Silberman for a free consultation. *The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice nor form an attorney-client relationship. The contents contained herein are intended for informational purposes only.


Is Sexting Against the Law?

What is Sexting?

Sexting is defined as the act of transferring sexually explicit messages to one or many people through cell phone text messaging or any other electrical device used for messaging. The messages usually contain illicit photographs or video links depicting the person sending them.

Is Sexting Against the Law?

If the person sending or receiving the message is under the legal age of adulthood, then they may be convicted of possession or distribution of child pornography. New Jersey’s teen sexting law was enacted in 2012. Since its enactment, New Jersey has created a diversion program that may be used instead of criminal prosecution for teens who are charged with child pornography as a result of sexting. If the judge feels that it is suitable, children who create, distribute, or exhibit images that qualify as child pornography may be ordered to participate in an educational program or counseling. This program addresses the penalties of sexting instead of being illegally accused.

Adults Sexting in New Jersey

An adult who receives or shares any kind of sexual image of a child under the age of 18 can be charged with possessing or sending child pornography. An adult who sends a nude or sexual photo of him or herself to a child could also be convicted of a crime. And if an adult shares any kind of sexual photos of another adult without his or her permission, he could be charged with harassment or sued in civil court for causing emotional distress or other damage.

Sex Crime Defense Attorney in New Jersey

If you are accused of sexting and need legal help, then contact our New Jersey criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC. We focus exclusively on criminal defense. At the Law Offices of Joel Silberman no case is too big or too small. Call us today at 201-420-1913. We serve in Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey.

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