The driver of a car that struck another vehicle on Route 34 near Interstate 195 in Wall Township was driving drunk, according to authorities. The driver, a 47-year-old woman from Atlantic Highlands, was released from custody after being charged with DWI and assault by auto. The driver of the vehicle she hit suffered minor injuries for which they received treatment at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.
The accident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 as the woman was transitioning from Interstate 195 to northbound Route 34. While coming onto Route 34, she crashed into another car already on the highway, according to police. Northbound Route 34 was closed for approximately 30 minutes while police conducted an investigation into the crash. Assistance at the accident scene was provided by Wall First Aid and the Glendora Fire Department.
Charges of DWI in New Jersey are serious matters which could deprive a driver of their driving privilege and limit their personal liberties and freedoms. Depending on numerous factors, including the severity of the charges and whether the charge is a first or repeat offense, a person facing these charges could be exposed to time in jail or prison, fines, as well as orders of restitution where damage to property is involved.
Since the penalty ultimately imposed upon conviction will be based in part upon the reports and testing results in the record, a DWI defendant will likely benefit from taking immediate and proactive steps to defend against the charges. With the assistance of legal counsel, they could obtain and analyze for adherence to protocol all evidence upon which the charges are based, including incident reports, investigative reports and field sobriety testing results. The result of such an analysis could provide the grounds upon which the evidence could be suppressed and the charges reduced or dismissed.
Source: NJ.com, "Atlantic Highlands woman charged with DWI in Wall Township crash", MaryAnn Spoto, November 22, 2014