People who get behind the wheel after consuming alcoholic beverages rarely intend to cause harm to others. In fact, one of the hallmarks of becoming intoxicated is losing the ability to make good choices and rational decisions. Accordingly, a person who has a few drinks may not realize that he or she is too drunk to drive and should instead take alternative transportation. It is only after a DWI arrest that reality sets in. At that point, it is impossible to reverse the clock, and the driver must deal with the potential consequences imposed by the legal system.
A 22-year old New Jersey man was arrested recently after police suspected that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. At approximately 7:45 p.m. his vehicle allegedly left the road and veered onto the sidewalk crashing into a 28-year old woman. The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and she later passed away from her injuries. The man has been charged with several crimes, including DWI charges and homicide.
When a driver is pulled over and charged with drunk driving, it is best to immediately contact an attorney who specializes in defending DWI charges. Depending on whether the defendant has been charged with a misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI or felony DWI, different penalties may apply. The prosecution may ask for a license suspension, fines, community service, a jail sentence, or a combination. In response, legal counsel will aggressively defend against the charges or try to negotiate a plea agreement that is in the best interests of his or her client.
Source: NJ.com, “Rutherford man to face homicide charge in alleged drunken driving death,” Myles Ma, Aug. 25, 2013