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Linden officer facing drunk driving charge

For whatever reason, there remains a stereotype about people who are arrested for and charged with drunk driving offenses in New Jersey. Many people still think that the people who find themselves in this position are completely irresponsible and negligent individuals. The reality is actually something quite different.

The fact of the matter is that social drinking is very much a part of the fabric of life today. That means that having a casual drink or two and then driving home is something done by many people on a regular basis. Any person who does this could theoretically find themselves accused of drunk driving. This includes highly professional, successful and responsible people. This even includes members of law enforcement.

One New Jersey officer from Linden who has been heralded during his 17 years on the force including for his involvement in identifying the Chelsea bomber is just one more example of this. The man was charged with driving while intoxicated on a Saturday evening in August after he was involved in a minor collision with another vehicle. Nobody was taken to the hospital or seriously injured in the accident.

Regardless of the circumstances of the arrest, talking to an attorney in New Jersey about a drunk driving charge might open up new ideas as to how one wishes to approach their defense of these types of criminal charges. It can also help people understand the potential penalties.

Source: New York Post, "Cop who helped bust Chelsea bomber arrested for DWI," Stephanie Pagones, August 31, 2017

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