Spring is coming and people are anxious to get out of their houses and enjoy nice weather, driving without snow and ice, and maybe having a drink or two. Sadly, some will have the drink or two and perhaps not realize that it impairs their ability to safely drive a vehicle in New Jersey. This may have been the case in a reported recent drunk driving accident in Madison.
A 25-year-old man was driving one recent evening. A Madison patrolman was sent to investigate the report of a crash in the area. When he arrived, he reportedly encountered the man and two parked cars that both had significant amounts of body damage. The 25-year old was sitting in a third vehicle.
The officer approached the young man in the car and asked him about the situation. The man exhibited signs of possibly being intoxicated and so the officer performed a field sobriety evaluation and placed the man under arrest. Charges against him include driving while intoxicated and careless and reckless driving. He was released on bail and is awaiting a court date.
Facing charges for a New Jersey drunk driving accident is no walk in the park. The consequences can involve loss of one’s license, fines and possibly jail time. Anyone facing criminal charges is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. There are rules that must be followed concerning field sobriety tests. A person may wish to seek the counsel of a defense attorney in such a situation as a knowledgeable lawyer can help assess whether proper procedures were followed and can inform the client of available legal options.