Having a beer at a party or a glass of wine while out to dinner and then driving home is a relatively common act for many people in New Jersey. Doing this is not even against the law, so long as a driver's blood alcohol content does not exceed the legal limit. If this happens or if an accident takes place, the situation may be different, however.
Such is the case for one woman following an accident in October of 2015. The woman was recently moved from Monmouth County Jail in Freehold to Troop A barracks in Southbury and charged with multiple offenses related to the crash, including driving while under the influence. She also faces a charge of not driving in the proper lane and a charge of second degree manslaughter.
In the accident, the defendant is said to have driven on a stretch of Interstate 84 going the wrong way. It was then that her vehicle collided with another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle, a 60-year-old man, died. His passenger as well as the defendant and her passenger were all taken to hospitals for treatment. Reports do not indicate what the defendant's blood alcohol content was at the time of the crash. A $100,000 bail has been posted as the case will now continue.
People who find themselves facing criminal charges after a DUI arrest may want to contact an experienced DUI lawyer. This can allow people the ability to fully understand the potential consequences if they are convicted.
Source: Hartford Courant, "N.J. Woman Charged In Fatal Middlebury DUI Wrong-Way Crash," Christine Dempsey, Oct. 18, 2016