When it comes to arrests for drunken driving the law does not discriminate between well-known and famous personalities and the everyday man or woman. In New Jersey, whether you live in Bergen, Union, Monmouth or Atlantic counties, an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol can have a negative impact on a person’s life and livelihood. A drunk driving conviction can haunt someone for years, if not for the rest of your life.
As a New Jersey DWI defense lawyer, I have represented a range of persons accused of driving while intoxicated. In a court, everyone should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. Recently, news reports covered the drunken driving arrest of former New Jersey Nets basketball player who allegedly crashed his vehicle into a tree in the Manhattan area in early January.
According to news articles at the time, retired NBA player, Jayson Williams suffered cuts to his face and a small fracture to a bone in his neck after allegedly running his Mercedes sport utility vehicle into a tree just after 3am. He was subsequently transported to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Based on police reports, Williams refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, however law enforcement officials obtained a warrant to test his blood while he was hospitalized, which led to his being charged with DWI.
Not long ago, Williams pled guilty to aggravated assault in connection with the 2002 death of a limousine driver, during which the former New Jersey Nets player was allegedly drinking alcohol.
According to news reports, following the DWI accident, Williams was ordered by the court to wear an alcohol monitor, known as the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, which monitors perspiration for alcohol content.
Jayson Williams must wear alcohol monitor, DigitalSportsDaily.com, January 25, 2010