In Nutley and throughout New Jersey, when there is an auto accident, one of the first things law enforcement will investigate is if a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When a person is charged with DWI, it is imperative to realize how much of a negative impact a conviction can have on his or her life and do everything possible to avoid these consequences. A series of auto accidents in which drivers were charged with DWI provide examples of what others who are facing similar allegations might face.
Three separate crashes lead to DWI charges
In the first crash, a 24-year-old hit a pole with his vehicle. He was unhurt, but when officers investigated, they determined he was under the influence and cited him for a variety of violations including driving under the influence, having an open container of alcohol, and careless driving. He was given a court date and released.
In the second collision, a 28-year-old driver hit a parked vehicle. He was arrested and charged with DWI, careless driving, failing to maintain a lane, and having an open container. He too was given a court date and released. Finally, the third incident also had a driver, 50, hit a parked car. In this case, he fled the scene. The vehicle sustained significant damage and was seen by a law enforcement officer. The man was arrested for DWI, careless driving, failing to report an accident, fleeing the scene of an accident, possessing a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Any DWI charge can result in serious penalties
Fortunately, no one was injured in these accidents. Although they were released from custody with court dates, that does not mean they will be free of potentially serious penalties if they are convicted. This makes a comprehensive defense even more important. A DWI conviction can result in hefty fines, jail, a license suspension and the need to perform community service.
In addition, there might be worse penalties depending on the circumstances. Second or subsequent DWI convictions will warrant worse penalties. The amount of alcohol is also relevant as having a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher will make it necessary for the person to have an ignition interlock device place on the vehicle. There may be raised insurance rates and a negative perception in the community.
To address these charges, having legal assistance is essential. A firm with experience in criminal defense and drunk driving charges can scrutinize the evidence and assess the case to find options. Perhaps the charges can be reduced or there could be an acquittal. Consulting with a firm experienced in these cases may be beneficial to a positive outcome.