Roxbury Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers with DWI Checkpoint

Roxbury Township DWI CheckpointRoxbury police plan to set up a DWI checkpoint in the township this month to target intoxicated motorists. The Roxbury Township Police Department announced the drunk-driving checkpoint, which will be run and enforced by Roxbury police officers and members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The DWI checkpoint has been funded by a grant from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Other funds from the grant will be used to establish other DUI checkpoints throughout Morris County, NJ, possible in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Mount Olive Township, Morris Township, Montville, Washington Township, Morristown, Denville Township, and Madison. One reason that police departments in Morris County are trying to stop drunk motorists at checkpoints is that DWI accidents in the county pose serious risks to other drivers and to pedestrians. In the worst cases, DWI accidents result in fatalities.

Penalties for DWI Convictions in Morris County, New Jersey

A person stopped by police at the Roxbury Township DWI checkpoint could face severe penalties if arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% percent or higher. That’s because New Jersey prosecutors tend to seek maximum penalties in drunk driving cases. A conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Roxbury, NJ or anywhere else in Morris County could lead to driver’s license suspension, monetary fines, alcohol education classes at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), installation of ignition interlock devices on all of the defendant’s vehicles, and jail time.

The precise penalties imposed for a DWI conviction in NJ depend on whether the defendant has prior convictions for drunk driving. A motorist who is convicted of a first offense DWI could have their driver’s license suspended for three months. If that same motorist has a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years, the charges will be for a second offense DWI and the penalties could include a driver’s license suspension for a period of two years. A third offense DWI, or a subsequent offense DWI, could result in driver’s license suspension for a period of 10 years, as well as significant jail time.

Free Consultation with Experienced DWI Defense Lawyers in Roxbury, NJ

Anyone charged with drunk driving in Roxbury, New Jersey should make sure to have a skilled DWI defense lawyer on their side. The DWI attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are prepared to defend you against DWI charges, DUI charges, and Breath Test Refusal charges. We work with a retired NJ State trooper who has been certified in both field sobriety testing and the Alcotest. Contact us anytime to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

Mountain Lakes DUI AttorneysA man who previously lived in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey will be spending several years in prison after he pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal DWI crash in July 2015.

The suspect is a 24-year-old male who used to reside in Mountain Lakes in Morris County, NJ. He was charged with multiple crimes and traffic violations after he allegedly caused an accident late at night and killed three people in another vehicle.

The victims were from Kentucky and were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

According to authorities, the suspect drank black maple whiskey before getting into his car that night.

The homicide case was set for trial, but the suspect ultimately reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

When the suspect next appears in court for a formal sentencing hearing, he is likely to be sentenced to 21 years in prison.

For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Driver in Fiery DWI Crash That Killed Family of 3 Pleads Guilty.”

DUI Lawyers in Mount Arlington NJA Howell, New Jersey man who admitted to being high on narcotics when causing a fatal car crash in Mount Arlington, NJ has lost his appeal.

The suspect is a man from Howell Township in Monmouth County, NJ. He was reportedly under the influence of drugs when he crashed into a police cruiser on a road in Mount Arlington, New Jersey. The crash caused the death of a police officer.

The suspect eventually reached a deal with Morris County prosecutors and pleaded guilty to charges for aggravated manslaughter. However, he ultimately made the decision to appeal the guilty plea and attempted to get blood and urine tests thrown out as evidence.

The blood tests that were administered to the suspect after the auto accident reportedly showed that he used heroin and other illegal narcotics before the crash.

An appellate court has now rejected the appeal. This means that the suspect will have to complete his 20-year prison sentence.

For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Convicted in DUI Crash That Killed Cop Loses Appeal on Blood Test.”

Dover DWI SuspectA Dover NJ man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter for allegedly causing a fatal car accident.

The suspect is a 36-year-old man from Dover in Morris County, New Jersey. According to authorities, the suspect was driving a four-door pickup truck and intoxicated when he caused a single-vehicle accident that left two people dead.

The suspect’s truck reportedly struck a wall after the suspect lost control while turning from West Clinton Street onto Route 46 in Dover, NJ. It was just after 1:00 a.m. and the suspect and his passengers were reportedly returning from a birthday celebration.

The accident injured a total of four people, one of whom died almost immediately. The other three accident victims were rushed to a local hospital for medical treatment. One of those victims eventually died at the medical facility.

According to prosecutors, the suspect and the two men who died in the crash were siblings.

When police officers talked to the suspect, they reportedly observed him with red eyes and slurred speech.

The suspect was arrested and charged with numerous offenses, including two counts of death by auto and one count of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Driver Faces More Charges in Birthday Crash That Killed His Brothers.”

Denville NJ DWI AttorneysA Hackettstown, New Jersey woman faces charges for a third offense DWI in Denville, NJ.

The suspect, a 36-year-old resident of Hackettstown in Warren County, NJ, was allegedly driving her car on Route 10 when she committed a traffic violation. Denville NJ patrol cops noticed the suspect driving too slow on the highway, so they stopped her vehicle.

When Denville police officers approached the car, they reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A passenger in the car then allegedly told police that he was in possession of marijuana.

The cops ran a check on the suspect and reportedly discovered that her license had been suspended. Police arrested the suspect and charged her with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and driving with a suspended license.

According to officials, the suspect has at least two past convictions for drunk driving in New Jersey. A third conviction for DWI would lead to severe penalties, including a mandatory term of incarceration in the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey.

For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Woman with Two DWIs Charged with a 3rd, Report Says.”

Montville DWI Defense LawyersA woman from Clifton, New Jersey faces vehicular manslaughter charges for allegedly killing a motorcyclist in a drunk driving crash on a Montville highway. However, the Clifton woman will remain free on bail until the charges are resolved.

The suspect is a 42-year-old Clifton NJ resident. She was allegedly intoxicated while driving her 2014 Nissan Rogue on Route 80 in Montville. According to prosecutors, the suspect struck a 2013 Suzuki Burgman motor scooter just before 7:00 p.m.

The crash caused fatal injuries to the motorcyclist, a 32-year-old Somerset NJ man. He later died at a Denville hospital.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with vehicular homicide and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. She was later allowed to leave the jail on the condition that she undergo an alcohol evaluation and avoid driving a car.

The suspect still must appear in Morris County Superior Court to address the very serious criminal charges against her.

To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Woman Charged in DWI Crash That Killed Motorcyclist Released from Jail.”

Jefferson Township DWI AttorneysPolice officers recently arrested a Mount Arlington woman accused of causing a DWI accident in Jefferson Township, NJ.

The suspect is a 21-year-old woman from Mount Arlington, NJ. According to law enforcement officials, the suspect was driving a 2014 Jeep on Minisink Road in Jefferson Township a short time after 8:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a pedestrian walking on the side of the road.

The Jefferson Township Police Department received an emergency call about a hit-and-run crash and sent cops to the area. When Jefferson NJ police officers arrived at the scene of the auto accident, they found the victim suffering from a head injury. The victim told Jefferson cops that the suspect crashed into her and then drove off.

Jefferson NJ detectives investigated the accident and identified the suspect as the possible motorist. The suspect was arrested and charged with several traffic offenses, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and assault by auto.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Woman Charged with Drunken Driving After Pedestrian Struck in Jefferson.”

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.