Police have arrested and charged a 22-year-old man after a car crash. The accident happened in Morristown, New Jersey, and the man is accused of drunk driving. The man is now facing charges of assault by an automobile, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
Police say the man's Mini Cooper rear-ended a Nissan four door vehicle. The car the man allegedly hit ended up in the median, and the passengers and drivers complained of injuries. One person was taken to the hospital and the other two passengers complained of injuries but refused medical care.
Drunk driving charges should be taken seriously in New Jersey. This case is more serious because of the extra charges added onto the driving while intoxicated charge. Sometimes police will add extra charges in hopes of getting a longer conviction.
Although it is unfortunate that the accident occurred, it is important to remember that everyone should be allowed a fair trial. Sometimes media coverage of an incident can adversely affect the way a trial turns out, and it could hurt the person's reputation even if they are innocent.
Because these charges are serious and have gained media attention, it might be wise for someone in a similar situation to consult with a New Jersey criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney can help a person preserve their rights. They can also help evaluate the evidence in the case and advice the person involved on what they should and should not tell authorities.
Source: Patch, "Police: Drunk Driver Destroyed Two Cars," John Dunphy, Jan. 30, 2012