A California woman has been charged with DWI after a late-night stop on Route 182 by Hackettstown police. Maia Hippard-Roff, 22, of Redwood City, California, was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and maintenance of lamps.
Police report that the driver was stopped after a moving violation, and during the interaction the officer detected the odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath.
Being charged with DWI while traveling out of state can be a big problem for a driver. While the infraction occurred outside of the jurisdiction where you are licensed, most states are part of an interstate compact that shares information about DWI/DUI arrests.
In this case, New Jersey won’t have the authority to suspend the driver’s license, but by notifying their counterparts in California, a conviction may mean that the penalties will transfer.
Each state’s laws vary in how they implement enforcement, so a driver in this situation may end up needing legal help in both states.
The clearest way to avoid penalties for a DWI in New Jersey is to work with an experienced DWI defense attorney.
Matthew Reisig has helped more than 1,040 drivers avoid conviction on DWI charges, and has argued elements of DWI law before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
If you’re facing drunk driving charges anywhere in New Jersey, call 732-625-9660 today for a free consultation.