People in New Jersey who are arrested for suspected drunk driving should know that no two cases are alike. Many factors can change the exact charges that a person may face as well as alter the potential consequences if ultimately convicted. Some of this is inherent in the criminal defense process.
An example of the type of variances in impaired driving charges can be seen in a case stemming from a crash in 2015. A former police office in Lindon, New Jersey, was driving with three other people in his car. Two of his passengers were also police officers. He is said to have crashed into a semi truck in the early morning hours. He and another officer were seriously injured while the third officer and fourth passenger both died in the wreck. In addition to losing two of his friends, he has subsequently been charged with vehicular manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide among other offenses.
The defense in the case petitioned the judge to not allow submission of blood samples that were allegedly collected improperly. The judge recently denied the request from the defense saying that the collection method was appropriate and the warrant legitimate. The defense is allowed to revive the petition if additional evidence becomes available.
The above illustrates just a bit about how complex drunk driving criminal cases can be. People arrested for DUI or DWI offenses in New Jersey might benefit from working with a lawyer who is experienced in this area.
Source: Staten Island Live, "Judge denies defense request to suppress blood sample in Pedro Abad case," Frank Donnelly, Dec. 20, 2016