By: Bethany Winkel
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Dismissed on a Technicality: How New Jersey Drunk Drivers are Going Free
Drunk driving offenders in New Jersey are often given a second chance; and a third; and a fourth. Many feel the state is too lenient with its drunk driving laws, and that too many offenders are allowed to go free with little or no punishment for driving while intoxicated.
NJ.com talked to defense attorneys who said since New Jersey does not allow plea bargaining for DUIs, lawyers have found other ways to have their cases dismissed. “I’ve probably done 500 DUIs since 2010 and a lot of them get dismissed because of technicalities,” said William Proetta, a criminal defense attorney who specializes in drunk-driving cases. “That’s the only way it happens since New Jersey doesn’t allow plea bargaining. So we as defense attorneys have to be nit-picky and show that the state can’t prove a case without a reasonable doubt.”
The result is that people are committing these crimes over and over, putting lives in danger. Read about the different ways lawyers are able to have cases dismissed here.