Denville Drunk Driving LawyersPolice officers recently arrested a Morris Plains man who allegedly caused a drunk driving accident in Denville, NJ.

The suspect is a 39-year-old male from Morris Plains, New Jersey. He allegedly got intoxicated and then fell asleep behind the wheel of his car while traveling on Franklin Road in Denville, New Jersey.

The Denville Police Department received a call from an ambulance driver who became concerned after reportedly seeing a motorist swerving through traffic. When Denville NJ police officers arrived at the scene, they allegedly saw the suspect moving into oncoming traffic on the road.

According to authorities, the suspect almost crashed into several cars and then nearly struck a police patrol vehicle.

Denville police eventually got the suspect to pull over. When the suspect allegedly failed field sobriety tests, he was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Police also cited the suspect for numerous traffic violations, including reckless driving, failure to keep right, failure to maintain lane, and improper turn.

For more information about this case, see the Daily Record.com article, “Denville Cops: Drunk Driver Nearly Police Car ‘Head On.’”

Denville New Jersey DWI LawyersA Morris Plains man was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) after he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle on a Denville NJ road.

The suspect is a 39-year-old resident of Morris Plains, New Jersey. According to authorities, the suspect was operating his vehicle on Franklin Road in Denville when he briefly stopped the car in the middle of the road and fell asleep.

The driver of an ambulance noticed the suspect and dialed 911 to notify the Denville Police Department. Denville NJ patrol officers were sent to the scene, where they reportedly saw the suspect attempt to drive off. The suspect reportedly came close to causing multiple DWI accidents and nearly crashed into the Denville patrol cars.

Police managed to get the suspect to pull over. After reportedly observing that the suspect was possibly intoxicated, police officers administered field sobriety tests. The suspect allegedly failed the field sobriety tests.

Denville police officers later conducted a search of the suspect’s car and reportedly discovered a bottle of vodka.

The suspect was arrested and cited for multiple traffic offenses, including DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to keep right, improper turning, consumption of alcohol by a driver, and possession of an open container in a vehicle.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Drunk Driver in Denville Nearly Hit Police Car Head-On, Cops Say.”

Morristown NJ DWI Defense AttorneysIf you were pulled over by law enforcement for allegedly Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a minor child in the vehicle, the Tormey Law Firm LLC can help you fight the charges and avoid the most severe penalties.

These cases are often very complicated because the defendant may be subject to traffic citations, criminal charges for child endangerment, and even a DCP&P investigation for child neglect. Moreover, the traffic violations could potentially result in your driver’s license being suspended, while the criminal charges could lead to a permanent felony charge on your record and a lengthy term of incarceration. Beyond that, any kind of intervention by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (“DCP&P) could lead to you losing custody of your child – especially if investigators substantiate or establish a finding of child abuse.

Beating DWI/DUI Charges in Morris County, NJ

The Tormey Law Firm can help you fight DWI charges in Morris County and anywhere else in New Jersey. With decades of combined legal experience, our defense team includes attorneys who understand the nuances of NJ DUI laws and who can win your case in criminal court and family court, if necessary. We have experience on both sides of the courtroom. In fact, the DWI defense team at the Tormey Law Firm includes:

  • A certified Alcotest instructor.
  • A certified field sobriety test instructor.
  • A former Assistant Prosecutor who prosecuted child endangerment and child abuse cases.
  • A former Deputy Attorney General who represented DCP&P and prosecuted child abuse and child neglect cases.

When you hire the Tormey Law Firm to fight on your behalf, you are getting decades of combined experience from attorneys who know what it takes to defend you against allegations of driving while intoxicated with a child in the car.

New Jersey DWI with a Child Passenger: Charges and Penalties

Under NJ traffic laws, a motorist commits a traffic offense of DWI/DUI, pursuant to R.S. 39:4-50(a), when they operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more.

The penalties for DWI in New Jersey depend on whether the offender has any prior convictions for Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence. In all circumstances, a new conviction for DWI can result in mandatory fines, mandatory suspension of your driver’s license, and the potential for jail time. These penalties can be enhanced if a minor was in the car at the time of the DWI offense. Pursuant to R.S. 39:4-50.15(b), a DWI/DUI with a minor passenger is considered a separate disorderly persons offense that carries unique punishments. As set forth by the statute, a guardian who is convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence and who at the time of the violation has a child as a passenger in the car is guilty of a disorderly persons offense. The punishment for this offense is a sentence of up to six months in the local county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. This is in addition to any penalties for the underlying drunk driving offense.

Additionally, a parent who is driving drunk with a child in the vehicle is also likely to face criminal charges for endangering the welfare of a child. According to the NJ child endangerment statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(a)(2), any person with a legal duty to care for a child, or anyone who has assumed responsibility for the care of a child, who causes the child harm that would make the child an abused or neglected child as defined in N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.21 is guilty of a second degree felony. A conviction for a second degree crime could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison and a fine of $150,000.

On top of any potential criminal consequences for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger in NJ, child protective services (“DCP&P”) will also open an investigation into the family. This investigation will be conducted by the Division and will be separate and apart from any law enforcement investigations. The point of the DCP&P investigation will be to determine whether the child was placed at risk of harm or actually harmed during the DUI incident. DCP&P investigators will probably interview the child and the parent, in addition to any third parties who witnessed the incident. Investigators will ultimately determine whether it would be contrary to the welfare of the child to allow them to remain in the home with the parent.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DWI/DUI with a minor child in the vehicle, contact the Tormey Law Firm now for a free initial consultation.

Parsippany NJ DWI Defense AttorneysPolice in Parsippany New Jersey recently arrested a Bound Brook NJ woman accused of committing a drunk driving offense when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a house.

The suspect is a 25-year-old resident of Bound Brook in Somerset County, NJ. According to authorities, she was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer on Marmora Road in Parsippany NJ around 11:00 p.m. at night. When the suspect tried to make a right turn, she reportedly lost control of the SUV. The car left the road, struck a street sign, hit a tree, and then stopped after crashing into a home located on Marmora Road.

Fortunately, no one was inside the residence at the time of the alleged DUI accident.

After the car crash, the suspect was taken to Morristown Medical Center so that she could receive medical treatment for minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Parsippany detectives investigated the auto accident. Investigators determined that the suspect may have been speeding just before she lost control of her vehicle.

Additionally, detectives believe that the suspect was intoxicated. That’s why she was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Police also cited the suspect for several traffic violations, including driving while suspended, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to wear a seat belt, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Woman Crashed SUV into House While Drunk, Cops Say.”

Boonton NJ DWI Defense AttorneysThe Morris County DWI defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC help clients beat drunk driving charges throughout Morris County. Our experienced lawyers have defended clients against DWI charges in Morristown, Parsippany, Roxbury, Denville, Mount Olive, and Dover.

Our firm’s DWI defense credentials include an attorney who has been certified on the Alcotest 7110 breath testing device, another attorney who is a certified field sobriety test instructor, and another attorney who is a former Morris County prosecutor. Additionally, the Tormey Law Firm utilizes a retired state trooper who is certified in both the Alcotest machine and field sobriety instruction. Our attorneys have vast experience and understand the nuances of DWI laws in New Jersey. We have handled thousands of DWI cases, so we know what it takes to win in the courtroom.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Morris County or anywhere else in NJ, contact the Tormey Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.

Boonton NJ DWI Charges Dismissed

Travis J. Tormey and Tom Ercolano of the Tormey Law Firm LLC recently defended a client who was facing a first offense DWI charge in Boonton, New Jersey. The client had also been charged with a DWI in a school zone offense. This meant that a conviction could have resulted in severe penalties, including driver’s license suspension for up to two years. In addition to being charged with drunk driving, the client was also cited for numerous traffic violations, such as reckless driving, speeding, and failure to keep right.

Once the client retained the services of the Tormey Law Firm, she was in good hands. Our skilled Morris County DWI defense attorneys requested discovery evidence from the Boonton Police Department. “Discovery” refers to all the evidence the State possesses and plans to use when proving the charges against the defendant. In most DWI cases, discovery evidence includes police reports, videos, and any documents related to the breath testing machine. Once the Tormey Law Firm DWI defense team got the discovery in this case, they were encouraged to see that the client’s breath reading on the Alcotest 7110 breath testing device was below the legal limit in New Jersey of .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). This meant that it was not a “per se” violation of the New Jersey DWI statute.

Despite the fact that our client did not register a BAC above the legal limit, the prosecutors were still in a position to pursue conviction based on police officer observations. In some DWI cases, prosecutors can seek a conviction when the arresting officer observed erratic driving and signs of intoxication like bloodshot eyes, an odor of alcohol, and admissions to drinking. It is also possible for a motorist to be arrested and charged with a DWI when they fail psychophysical tests known as field sobriety tests. These typically include the stand-on-one-leg test and the walk-the-straight-line test, which is more commonly known as the walk-and-turn test.

In the Boonton DWI case, our client was not able to perform the field sobriety tests due to medical reasons. She underwent surgery on both knees, including a full knee replacement on the right knee. Additionally, she underwent surgery on her back. As a result of these previous surgical procedures, the client could not perform field sobriety tests. Importantly, this failure to perform had nothing to do with intoxication.

Based on these evidential issues and serious proof problems for the State, the police officer and the prosecutor agreed to dismiss all charges, including the first offense DWI charge and the DWI in a school zone charge. This was a fantastic outcome for the client. Thanks to the Tormey Law Firm, she did not lose her driver’s license and did not get a DWI conviction on her permanent record.

Montville Drunk Driving LawyersA Montville New Jersey cop was found not guilty on drunk driving charges after prosecutors failed to prove that he actually operated a car while intoxicated.

The suspect is a police officer with the Montville Township Police Department. He was placed under arrest in October 2016 on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). The arresting officer allegedly spotted the suspect standing next to the driver’s side door of his unmarked police patrol vehicle. The car was in the parking lot of the police department.

The suspect was placed under arrest and cited for multiple traffic offenses, including drunk driving and careless driving.

The case was eventually moved from Montville to Morris Plains because of a conflict of interest: the suspect is employed as a police officer in Montville, New Jersey.

Although prosecutors pursued a conviction in Morris Plains Municipal Court, the charges were ultimately dismissed because prosecutors could not establish that the suspect operated the motor vehicle.

A conviction on the DWI charges would likely have resulted in significant penalties, including license suspension.

Despite the dismissal, however, the suspect still faces discipline by the Montville Police Department because allegedly committed the DWI offense while he was on duty.

For additional information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Montville Officer Accused of On-Duty DWI Found Not Guilty.”

Pequannock New Jersey DUI AttorneysPequannock New Jersey police recently arrested a local man accused of driving under the influence of Xanax and causing a serious car crash.

The accident happened around 6:00 p.m. in Pequannock, NJ. The suspect is a 37-year-old resident of Pequannock, NJ. According to law enforcement, the suspect was driving a car on the Newark Pompton Turnpike when he slammed into a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Kinnelon woman.

Pequannock NJ cops arrived at the scene of the crash and allegedly noticed the suspect showing signs that he was under the influence of prescription medicine.

After the accident, the other motorist was taken by her parents to Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ. Doctors at the Pompton Plains medical facility treated her for serious injuries that included a broken arm.

The suspect was also transported to the same hospital so that he could be treated for minor injuries suffered in the car crash.

The suspect was later taken into police custody and charged with several traffic offenses, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and reckless driving. The suspect was also charged with assault by auto.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man on Xanax Caused Crash That Broke Woman’s Arm, Cops Say.”

Pequannock New Jersey DWI LawyersA Montvale NJ police officer pleaded guilty to Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges in Pequannock, New Jersey.

The suspect is a North Jersey resident who is employed as a cop with the Montvale Police Department. In June 2016, a Pequannock police officer found the suspect slumped behind the wheel of a black BMW. The motor vehicle was parked along Route 23 south in Pequannock, NJ.

Law enforcement administered a breath test to the suspect. According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect failed the breath test and registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18 percent. This was well above the legal limit of .08 percent BAC in New Jersey.

The suspect was arrested by Pequannock police and charged with a first offense DWI.

Now the suspect’s DWI charges have been resolved. He recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ and admitted to the drunk driving offense. His driver’s license has been suspended as a result of the guilty plea.

For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “North Jersey Cop Reportedly Pleads Guilty to Drunken Driving.”

Washington Township DUI LawyersA Washington Township police officer has been accused of causing drunk driving accidents in Pennsylvania last summer.

The suspect is a 45-year-old man who lives in Great Meadows NJ and who works for the Washington Township police force.

The DWI crashed occurred on June 16, 2017. According to authorities, the suspect driving a Nissan Armada SUV and headed the wrong way on a one-way street in Tamaqua, PA when he slammed into a parked car.

Around five hours later, the suspect allegedly struck several other cars on a road in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

Police later stopped the suspect’s vehicle at a roadblock when they noticed that the vehicle airbag had been deployed.

The suspect now faces numerous charges, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), reckless driving, and resisting arrest.

In April, the suspect will be required to make an appearance in Luzerne County Court in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

While the DWI charges remain pending, the suspect has been suspended with pay from the Washington Township Police Department.

For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Hearing for N.J. Cop Accused of DUI, Resisting Arrest in Pa. Set for April.”

Boonton Township DWI LawyersA school official in Boonton Township NJ faces charges for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Morris Township, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 60-year-old man who lives in Mendham, NJ. Since July 2014, the suspect has served as the business administrator for the Boonton Board of Education. For 10 years before that, he was the business administrator for the Randolph Board of Education.

The suspect was placed under arrest on December 30, 2016 and charged with drunk driving after being involved in a car accident. According to authorities, the suspect was driving in Morris Township NJ when he lost control of his motor vehicle and crashed. Someone subsequently dialed 911 and alerted the Morris County Park Police Department, which dispatched officers to the scene.

When Morris County Park cops arrived at the scene of the accident, they reportedly observed the suspect exhibiting signs of being intoxicated. It has not been revealed yet whether the suspect failed a breath test before he was arrested and charged with a DUI.

The suspect has also been cited for other traffic offenses in connection with the car crash.

For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Boonton School Official Charged with DWI, Report Says.”