2010: This arrest resulted from a motor vehicle chase though two separate towns. The Police Officer observed the client driving the wrong way on a highway and attempted to stop his car. The client fled leading the officer and was eventually stopped after running several red lights. In the jurisdiction in which the chase began the client was charged with 39:4-50 (Driving while intoxicated), 39:4-50.2 (Refusal of a Breathalyser), 39:4-96 (Reckless Driving), 2C:29-1A (a Criminal charge of Eluding a Police Officer), and 39:4-82.1 (Wrong Way on Divided Highway). In the town where the chase ended he was charged with 39:4-82.1 (Wrong Way on Divided Highway), 39:4-96 (Reckless Driving), and three counts of 39:4-81 (Failure to Observe Traffic Signals).
Result: The Client was facing extensive license suspensions of in excess of 2 years and up to six months in jail on the criminal eluding charge. He was charged with 24 points of tickets. In addition, a conviction on the criminal charge would have impacted this law student’s career. The Attorney was successful in negotiating a plea that resulted in no criminal record, no jail, and only a 7 month license suspension. The 24 points were reduced down to 6. In the original town the client pled guilty to 39:4-50 (DWI) which resulted in a 90 day suspension and $616 in fines, 39:4-50.2 (Refusal) with 7 months suspension of driving privileges concurrent and a $541 fine; 39:4-82.1 Wrong Way on Divided Highway (2 points) and $111 fine. The 2C:29-1A Eluding was dismissed along with the 39:4-96 (Reckless Driving). In the town where he was finally stopped guilty pleas were entered to two counts of 39:4-81 (Failure to Observe Traffic Signs) and had a $378 fine. The charges of 39:4-82.1 (Wrong Way on Divided Highway), 39:4-96 (Reckless Driving), and 39:4-81 were dismissed.