Driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunken driving, driving under the influence (DUI), or impaired operation of a motor vehicle — whatever you call it, drinking and driving in the Garden State is definitely not something that the police or our courts look at favorably. In fact, wherever you reside — be it Middlesex, Morris, Atlantic or any of the 20 or so other counties — the odds of being arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense can increase once a person gets behind the wheel of a car or truck after even one drink.
As New Jersey DWI defense attorneys, my law firm is committed to helping motorists who have been accused of DWI or drug DUI fight for their rights in courtrooms throughout the state. Over the many years of representing individuals charged with drunken driving, my colleagues and I have litigated dozens upon dozens of drunk driving cases. It goes without saying that many DWI-DUI cases involve traffic accidents, some of which are rather minor, while others entail more serious outcomes. And, there is a certain percentage of DWI-related accidents that entail more tragic results.
As skilled Monmouth County trial attorneys with expertise in drunk driving law, my legal team has defended numerous clients accused of a DWI- or DUI-related traffic collision. Because we believe that everyone deserves a proper defense under the law, my firm is ready and willing to represent our clients’ best interests. On the other hand, we understand the need for highway safety and therefore we do not condone the mixing of alcohol and driving.
If there is one thing we would advise friends, associates and family alike, it is to be wary of the times when celebration and revelry lead to a potentially deadly outcome. Being legally intoxicated can often result in poor judgment on the part of some motorists, which in turn can result in a serious traffic wreck. Hurting oneself is one thing, but causing injury or death to another person, regardless of whether he or she is a friend, relative or stranger, will only open a driver up to some severe legal charges, some of which can end with a conviction and jail time.
Take the news story we ran across just one month ago. According to reports, an Ocean County woman pled guilty to being intoxicated by alcohol when she caused a fatal traffic collision in December of 2012. Police stated that 61-year-old Deborah Tadych, a resident of Brick, NJ, was going south in the northbound lane of Herbertsville Rd. without having her vehicle’s headlamps on when she struck another vehicle being driven by another local resident. As a result o the collision, 65-year-old Susan Steeper died of injuries received in the crash.
According to statement made by the Ocean County prosecutor’s office, Tadych pled guilty to vehicular homicide for which the state will likely pursue an eight-year prison term come the late-August sentencing hearing. Based on news articles, two other vehicle narrowly avoided being hit by the defendant along Herbertsville Rd. that evening.
Woman Pleads Guilty in Deadly DWI Cash, NJ1015.com, June 17, 2014