Many people who are charged with DWI offenses are able to avoid the stress and risks associated with a criminal trial by entering into pre-trial intervention (PTI). PTI is not a right, however, and many people who apply for PTI are rejected. Recently, a New Jersey court explained the grounds for denying a DWI defendant entry into PTI in a case in which a first-time offender’s application was rejected. If you are charged with a DWI offense, it is advisable to meet with a New Jersey DWI defense lawyer to evaluate your potential defenses.
The Defendant’s Arrest
It is reported that the defendant was arrested for operating a car while intoxicated and with a suspended license. His infant children were in the vehicle at the time of his arrest, and one of them was not in a car seat. He was charged with numerous crimes, including DWI. He applied for admission to PTI, but the prosecutor advised his attorney that the PTI director was not recommending acceptance of the defendant.
Allegedly, he pleaded guilty to DWI while preserving his right to appeal his denial of PTI. He received a letter later that day setting forth the reasons for his denial. The program director later reversed her decision and recommended the defendant for PTI, but the prosecutor objected and would not consent to his enrollment. The defendant then appealed the denial of his PTI application, but the court affirmed the ruling. He then appealed to the superior court. Continue reading