On Aug. 13, a group of patrons at a New Jersey Dunkin' Donuts got more
than the sweet treats and coffee that they thought they were in for. Their
trip to the Jersey City Heights donut shop was interrupted by a crash
through the walls of the place.
Eight people were injured in the traffic incident. Authorities arrived
at the scene and determined that there was enough evidence to arrest the
driver of an SUV for the suspicion of
drunk driving. The 55-year-old defendant faces more traffic violation charges besides DWI.
The Jersey Journal reports that the driver appeared in court yesterday
to officially face the criminal charges before him. He is charged with
aggravated assault by auto, theft and DWI. This isn't the defendant's
first time facing the threat that drunk driving has on his freedom. He
has two other DWI convictions on his record.
The criminal justice system treats repeat DWI convictions as a serious
threat to society. Sentencing, therefore, becomes more severe with multiple
offenses. Repeat violations also can highlight a more personal health
problem. In this case, for example, the defendant has confessed, "I'm
sick, I'm sick. I need help," suggesting that suffers from alcohol
addiction. Though these comments might be emotionally impactful, any DWI
suspect should avoid talking before working with his defense lawyer.
Addiction doesn't necessarily sway a court to go easy on a defendant.
No matter what the reason might be behind a supposed drunk driving incident,
aggressive representation is the best chance at getting the best possible
outcome. For many, that outcome could be the dismissal of all charges.
For others, it could mean a plea deal with relatively lenient sentencing,
possibly involving alcohol treatment.
Source: The Jersey Journal, "Jersey City man hears charges in Dunkin' Donuts crash that hurt eight people," Daniel Reyes, Jan. 15, 2013