It’s well known that DWI, on its own, isn’t technically a criminal matter in New Jersey.
For a first offender who is pulled over and arrested, the consequences are mostly financial, with the long downside of a suspended driver’s license.
The equation changes considerably when driving drunk results in injuries to others, as one New Brunswick teen has now learned.
On May 12, Karla Mejia, then 17, caused a head-on collision that sent three people to the emergency room, two of them with serious injuries.
Two of the injured persons were passengers in Mejia’s car, the third being the driver of the vehicle she hit.
Earlier this fall, Mejia pleaded guilty in juvenile court to juvenile delinquency for conduct that, if committed by an adult, would constitute aggravated assault by auto.
At the end of December, Middlesex County Family Court imposed its sentence, ordering the now 18-year-old Mejia to serve two three-year sentences for the second degree crime of aggravated assault.
Drunk driving can change your life, and the lives of others, in dramatic ways.
If you’ve been arrested in a DWI incident, whether or not there were injuries, an experienced lawyer can help you avoid the worst consequences from our legal system.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9660 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey DWI defense lawyer.