Falsified Calibration Data Could Upend 20,000 DWI Convictions in NJ

A New Jersey State Police sergeant whose job was to calibrate Alcotest devices in several counties has been accused of records tampering in a case that may compromise more than 20,000 DWI convictions over a seven year period.

Sgt. Marc Dennis, who serves as a coordinator for the State Police Alcohol Drug Testing Unit, is accused of omitting a required step in re-calibrating Alcotest devices.

Oftentimes Alcotest results are used as evidence DWI cases in New Jersey.

He has been formally charged with third degree tampering with public records and fourth degree falsifying or tampering with records.

While Dennis is only known at this time to have miscalibrated three devices, he was responsible for calibration of Alcotest devices in Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, and Union counties for approximately seven years.

The state has identified 20,667 cases linked to devices under his supervision. Every one of those cases may now be subject to appeal.

Dennis has been suspended without pay and has retained counsel.

For those who have faced prosecution for DWI with Alcotest data during the past several years, it may well be worth your while to speak to an experienced New Jersey DWI attorney to see if your case is one that may be affected by these new events.

Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9660 for a free evaluation of your case.

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