As potentially fallible individuals, few among us can actually state that they are perfect in every respect. As experienced trial attorneys who make it our job to defend individuals accused of civil offenses and criminal acts, the legal staff at my law firm recognizes that many people have occasional shortcomings that sometimes result in a well-intentioned individual being arrested for a traffic offense such as DWI or drug DUI. It’s just part of human nature to make mistakes, and we fully understand this.
Fortunately, our society is based on laws and we have courts and judges to decide if a person is guilty or innocent of any particular crime or infraction of which he or she has been accused. Once a verdict is rendered, penalties for a convicted person are meted out. In the case of DWI-DUI, defendants who are found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can find the monetary costs to be rather expensive.
For economic reasons alone, it would seem to be in most people’s best interests to choose a qualified drunk driving defense lawyer to represent them. For our part, we usually recommend that anyone accused of drunk driving, breath test refusal or any of a myriad of DWI and DUI-related offenses, consider retaining an experienced legal professional. At the very least, it is wise to consult a trial attorney who is skilled in DWI law.
As New Jersey DWI defense attorneys, we would almost never suggest that a defendant step a single foot inside a courtroom with getting the opinion of a good drunk driving defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have dozens of years of collective legal experience when it comes to representing motorists charged with driving while intoxicated by alcohol, prescription medication, or other possibly illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana or meth.
Quite often, we see the same scenarios played out over and over again with regard to DWI arrests and convictions. The following police blotter items provide a taste of some of these kinds of alcohol and drug-related arrests.
Early Morning Monmouth County Car Crash Nets Driver a DUI
According to news reports, the Holmdel police department logged a drunk driving accident on a Sunday morning in which an allegedly drunk driver hit a utility pole near the intersection of Everrett, Red Hill, Middletown and Crawfords Corner roads. The accident, which police stated took place around 5am, involved a single vehicle driven by a1 18-year-old man from Matawan, NJ.
New articles suggested that the driver lost control of his vehicle prior to smashing into the pole car at the intersection of crash. The man’s Chevrolet Impala reportedly hit the a traffic signal, then subsequently rolled over a number of times before coming to rest in an upright position. Fortunately for driver, he was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.
Following the arrival of police and EMS units, the driver was found to be uninjured and the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the collision. As a result of the crash, the traffic signal at that location was damaged and could not be serviced for several hours.
Variety of Middletown Arrests for DWI, CDS Possession
Police reported that a 24-year-old driver from Leonardo, NJ, was taken into custody by police on a Wednesday evening and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). The motorist was eventually released from custody pending a future court hearing.
In several other instances of DWI, a 51-year-old out-of-state driver, a 23-year-old motorist and a 25-year-old were all stopped by police apparently were stopped for what was apparently a routine traffic offense, after which they were charged with driving while intoxicated and later released pending a court date.
Finally, a 22-year-old Red Bank resident was stopped by police and found to be carrying some drugs and related paraphernalia. Officers from the Holmdel Twp. PD reportedly discovered heroin, a syringe and other drug items on the man. He was taken into custody and charged with heroin possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe.
Police: DWI Crash in Holmdel Will Cause Sunday Traffic Delays, Patch.com, June 9, 2013
M’TOWN: MAN CHARGED WITH DWI, LEWDNESS; RedbankGreen.com; July 9, 2013