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Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test in a School Zone , section: 39:4-50.4a

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Refusal Offense/Presumption, Refusal in a School Zone

b. The fine imposed upon the convicted person shall be not less than $500 or more than $1,000 and the period of license suspension shall be one year for a first offense, four years for a second offense and 20 years for a third or subsequent offense, which period shall commence upon the completion of any prison sentence imposed upon that person when a violation of this section occurs while:

(1) on any school property used for school purposes which is owned by or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board, or within 1,000 feet of such school property;

(2) driving through a school crossing as defined in R.S.39:1-1 if the municipality, by ordinance or resolution, has designated the school crossing as such; or

(3) driving through a school crossing as defined in R.S.39:1-1 knowing that juveniles are present if the municipality has not designated the school crossing as such by ordinance or resolution.

A map or true copy of a map depicting the location and boundaries of the area on or within 1,000 feet of any property used for school purposes which is owned by or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board produced pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1997, c. 101 (C.2C:35-7) may be used in a prosecution under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

It shall not be relevant to the imposition of sentence pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection that the defendant was unaware that the prohibited conduct took place while on or within 1,000 feet of any school property or while driving through a school crossing. Nor shall it be relevant to the imposition of sentence that no juveniles were present on the school property or crossing zone at the time of the offense or that the school was not in session.

Comments : Refusal is a complicated charge, with complicated defenses. Getting a charge in a school zone makes the situation even more complex. Know your rights. Don't just plead guilty.

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