According to a recent report, authorities have apprehended a 31-year-old man for allegedly driving drunk and possessing drug paraphernalia after the truck he was driving collided with a semitrailer on March 4. The incident occurred on Route 287 in Hanover.
The available reports said that the man facing charges, who resides in Sussex County, was traveling in a northbound pickup truck when he repeatedly stuck a semitrailer in the area around mile marker 39.6. When highway officials arrived at the scene shortly after 2 p.m., they claim that the pickup truck driver appeared to be under the influence. Following a search of his truck, officials located prescription pills and a straw that had drug residue on it, according to the report. It was unknown if there was a valid prescription for the medication, a state police representative stated.
The pickup truck driver, who was unhurt in the accident, faces possession of drug paraphernalia and DWI charges. The driver of the tractor-trailer was also unharmed in the wreck.
Being convicted of DWI or other drug-related offenses in New Jersey is a serious matter and could result in jail time, heavy fines, a revocation or suspension of one's driver's license or a mandatory enrollment into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. However, criminal defense attorney might be able to challenge the evidence presented in the case against the client in an effort to get the charges reduced. For example, evidence from a field sobriety test could be challenged since field sobriety tests are sometimes faulty and cannot always prove a person's guilt. Factors such as a medical condition or poor eyesight could wrongly influence the results of such a test. Likewise, if a breath test was performed at the time of the incident, the results could be found to be inaccurate due to a wrongly calibrated testing device. Use of such strategies might result in an acquittal or mitigated penalties.
Source: NJ.com, "Truck driver charged with DWI, drug paraphernalia after Route 287 crash into tractor-trailer," Justin Zaremba, March 5, 2015