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Defendant released while waiting trial

Laws in New Jersey do change from time to time and effective January 1, 2017 a change was enacted that related to bail for criminal defendants being detained while they await trial. The new law removed the requirement that money be posted for bail. Instead, a system was enacted that would evaluate a candidate's viability for release and allow those deemed reasonable for the program to be freed without posting bail.

A 42-year-old woman from Clifton was recently allowed to get out of custody while she waits for her case to procced. The woman spent a little over a weekend in jail after being arrested for and charged with driving while intoxicated and with the death of a man who she is said to have hit. Reports indicate that the 32-year-old man was riding a scooter along a stretch of Route 80 on a Friday evening while the defendant struck him with her sport utility vehicle.

Very few details of how she allegedly hit him were given. Also not known is what the woman's blood alcohol content was at the time of the arrest or crash. While out of jail, the defendant will be allowed to travel to and from work and to her child's school.

People who have been chargd with crimes and may be facing trials might want to talk to an attorney to learn about their rights including the ability to be out of custody while awaiting tria as this could help them make sure they are appropriately protected during the defense process.

Source: Daily Record, "Alleged drunken driver cited in fatal Montville crash released from jail," Peggy Wright, June 5, 2017

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