People sometimes make mistakes when they drive. If someone makes an error, they could be pulled over by police. Many times police will issue them a ticket for a driving violation, and people are given a choice to defend themselves against the ticket or just pay the fine. When someone is pulled over on their lunch hour and arrested for drunk driving in New Jersey, there might be more to the story. New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty was arrested Tuesday on drunk driving charges while driving to grab lunch.
These charges are a severe accusation, especially if a person is in a public position. According to one report, the assemblyman said the police officer claims he was cut off while driving. The report by Patch.com also claims Moriarty refused a Breathalyzer test, according to their sources.
When a person in a public position such as this is accused of a crime, it can hurt the public's perception of the person and put their job at risk. The severe implications of a drunk driving charge in New Jersey make it important to formulate a rigorous criminal defense. Sometimes police officers don't follow proper procedure or don't have a proper reason to pull a person over.
If an officer oversteps their constitutional boundaries, the charges against a person might be reduced or dropped depending on each person's individual case. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure that your rights are preserved and respected throughout the legal process.
Source: Patch, "Assemblyman Paul Moriarty Arrested on DWI Charge; Legislator Denies Charge," Sean McCullen, August 1, 2012