There are a lot of myths about what the police can and can’t prosecute under New Jersey’s DWI statutes.
One is an enduring belief that if police find you outside of your vehicle, they will be unable to prove in court that you were operating the car intoxicated and the charge will have to be dismissed.
While this may have some air of common sense to it, it is important to understand that in New Jersey, that’s not how things work.
Karl Wrede, 29, of Randolph is learning that the hard way.
On the afternoon of May 22, Wrede allegedly drove drunk and somehow damaged his car significantly.
He abandoned the vehicle on the shoulder of West Mill Road in Washington Township, prompting local police to be called to the scene to investigate the abandoned car.
They tracked Wrede down, determined that he had operated the vehicle while impaired, and he was arrested for DWI and refusal.
He was later released to a sober adult and has a court date on the calendar.
People who try to handle DWI cases on their own are often misinformed about how the law works, and end up facing penalties and fees that might have been avoided if they’d hired a lawyer.
If you’re facing DWI charges in New Jersey, call Matthew Reisig at 732-625-9660 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey DWI defense lawyer today.