Wednesday, November 28, 2012
DWI Acquittal Results in Dismissal of Vehicular Manslaughter Case In NJ
Defendant was charged with DWI, vehicular manslaughter, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia, reckless driving and CDS in a motor vehicle. Defendant was acquitted of the DWI but was found guilty of all charges. Defendant appealed the vehicular manslaughter charge because the Model Jury Charge did not instruct that the DWI acquittal needed to be taken into account. The New Jersey Appellate Court held that the erroneous instructions relative to the DWI constituted reversible error. The Appellate Court also found that instructing the jury on the concept of "recklessness" without comparison to the concept of "negligence" was erroneous. The conviction for vehicular manslaughter was vacated. DUI/DWI in NJ is not taken lightly in any case and can have significant implications in related matters such later personal injury or vehicular manslaughter charges. If you are charged with DUI in NJ you should seek an experienced attorney immediately to protect your rights. For more information on Driving While Intoxicated, reckless driving or other serious municipal court/traffic matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter.