Overturned Car in Parking Lot Leads to DUI Charges

A New Jersey accident that resulted in an overturned car has led to driving under the influence charges for the driver. In early April, Pennsville police officers responded to a call about an overturned vehicle in the parking lot of Deepwater Coastal. They spoke with a 22-year-old woman who claimed to be the driver and that she had lost control of the car.

Upon further questioning, police learned that the actual driver was a 24-year-old man who had allegedly been driving under the influence of drugs. The woman was charged with interfering with a police investigation. The man was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

Convictions for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated can lead to serious penalties. Sentences could include loss of driving privileges, community service, significant penalties and jail time. Even first offenders can be sentenced to time in jail. Drivers convicted of DUI or DWI could also face civil litigation if they caused an accident that damaged property or injured others.

Drivers facing DUI or DWI charges may benefit from speaking with an attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney could work to protect the accused’s rights by examining and challenging details like tests administered, police procedures used or even the initial reason for the stop by police. The attorney could present supporting evidence and call on expert witnesses. If the charges result in a plea, the attorney could negotiate the terms of the plea to minimize penalties.

Source: NJ.com, “Pennsville Police respond to overturned vehicle resulting in DUI charge,” Brittany Wehner, April 20, 2013

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