If a person is arrested and charged, he or she is automatically entitled to a criminal defense. In New Jersey, and anywhere else in the United States, a person who is accused of criminal behavior is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Establishing a criminal defense is the only way for the suspect to protect his or her reputation and rights and to fight the charges.
Recently, a head-on collision in Hardwick Township, New Jersey, killed one person. Authorities said that a 23-year-old woman most likely caused the crash. The driver was allegedly drunk and traveling the wrong way on the road when she struck a passenger car containing four people. A 25-year-old man, one of the passengers in the car, died in the crash. Three other people in the car reportedly suffered injuries.
Following the fatal accident, the 23-year-old driver was charged with three counts of assault by auto and vehicular homicide. The judge set bail at $100,000.
Car accidents often occur quickly. Many of those accidents are ruled "accidental" while others are caused by someone else's negligence. In this case, the driver is accused of drunk driving that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three other people.
One way to contest charges like the ones in this case is to challenge the results of the police investigation. If the driver agrees to take a breath test or blood test, the defense can challenge the blood alcohol content results. Contributing factors such as the driver's health condition can affect the BAC results.
Conviction from criminal charges can lead to serious consequences. A person facing charges may wish to consider speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding their case. An attorney can prepare the case and pursue the best possible outcome for the accused person.
Source: The Republic, "Pa. woman charged with vehicular homicide, assault by auto counts in deadly NJ highway crash," Jan. 22, 2014