According to the Drunk driving laws of New Jersey, any person found with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08% or more is eligible to be arrested for DUI and is considered to be driving under the influence, a common yet serious crime in the country. Going through a DUI arrest can be a difficult process for the offender as well as for the police because the offender will usually be drunk and so, is not expected to behave rationally under the circumstances. While the penalties for drunk driving include heavy fines and fees, license suspension, ignition interlock device, jail time and community service; it is still interesting to note about the latest drunk driving cases and how they deviate from what one would expect in a DUI arrest.
Dwight Gooden, 45, who is a former star Major League Pitcher and who pitched for both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets was charged with driving under the influence in the State of New Jersey. The incident took place in Bergen County where Gooden’s car was involved in a minor car accident as well and although, nobody was hurt, Gooden was also charged for leaving the scene of an auto-accident. Gooden’s five year old son was also with him at the time because of which he was charged with child endangerment as well and was required to appear in municipal court in Jersey.
A New Jersey truck driver, James Battle, 34 was charged with Driving Under the Influence and was stopped on suspicion of DUI. He was placed on conditional discharge for 30 months with 52 days in county jail and his charges were upgraded to felony because his Blood Alcohol Content was greater than 0.04. In court, Battle was given credit for time served in jail, fined $200, had to submit a DNA sample and ordered to attend a victim impact panel.
A rather serious drunk driving related accident occurred when Joseph Reiger, 42, was hit while riding on his motorbike by a Ford Expedition coming from the other side. Reiger was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. William Hawkins was arrested and charged for the accident, for driving under influence and for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Hawkins was required to appear in court and was present in jail with a bail set at $50,000.
Another serious drunk driving case involved two men from New Jersey involved in an early morning police chase that resulted in a crash leaving one of the two men dead. Joseph Lazarus, 26, was present in the car with the driver, Joseph Hamilton sped away from the police officer who was trying to get him to pull over. Lazarus was killed after Hamilton crashed the car, a 1998 Ford Mustang into two trees. Hamilton was charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide among other charged and his bail was set at $100,000; he also suffered minor injuries after the reckless driving resulting into a serious accident. There are many more New Jersey DUI cases occurring daily, and are dealt in courts by DUI lawyers and New Jersey DWI lawyer, experienced in the field.
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