In a June incident in Trenton, a driver’s two-year-old child was in the car when he drove into two parked police vehicles on Route 29, near the Calhoun Street exit. Police were on the scene investigating an earlier traffic accident when O’Connor McCalla, 37, struck their vehicles.
No officers were injured in the crash, but upon investigation the police quickly learned that McCalla had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, displayed signs of intoxication, and that his toddler was in the car with him and had sustained a facial injury.
The charges McCalla will face extend far beyond a simple DWI. He’s also facing charges of assault by auto, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child, and violations for unlicensed driver, suspended registration, and failure to exhibit documents.
Assault by auto and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in particular, are serious, felony-level crimes that will likely prompt a punitive response from the judge in the case. Whether this means time in jail or a lesser sanction will have everything to do with the quality of the defendant’s legal counsel.
New Jersey DWI charges often spiral out to include a wide swath of violations, some serious and some less so. However you look at it, moving forward after a criminal conviction is difficult and costly, and your best bet is to fight as hard as you can to avoid the conviction in the first place.
Matthew Reisig has helped more than 1,040 New Jersey drivers avoid conviction on DWI and related charges in New Jersey. Call 732-625-9660 today and talk to an experienced New Jersey DWI defense lawyer for free.