Proposed Legislation in NJ Could Mean Jailtime For DWI With Fatalities

Legislation being considered in New Jersey’s state senate would create a new felony charge that prosecutors could levy against drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes.

Under a proposal by State Senator Dave Oroho, R-24, a third degree crime called Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide would be added to the books, and could lead to a sentence of three to five years and fines as high as $15,000 for those convicted.

Most third degree crimes in the state carry a presumption of non-incarceration for first time offenders.

However, Oroho’s bill, known as “Ralph and David’s Law” after two New Jersey residents who died after being struck by drunk drivers, waives that presumption, and those convicted would have to serve time.

There’s no word yet on whether the legislation, officially known as S. 2423, is likely to overcome the significant hurdles required to become law.

New Jersey law is constantly changing with regard to DWI, and it’s vitally important to anyone charged that they work with an attorney who is absolutely up to date on the latest legislation and case law.

You can beat a DWI charge in New Jersey.

Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9660 for a free consultation with an experienced DWI defense attorney.

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