DWI Issue Panel

February 2012 — A number of DWI issues were discussed by the panel. Peter Lederman’s presentation topics wereSuppression Motions and Field Sobriety Testing. These two issues are critical in DWI prosecutions. Suppression Motions require that the court determine whether the investigating police officers have met Constitutional standards while conducting their investigation. The three specific Constitutional […]

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Crawford v. Washington

Lawyer Resources An important line of New Jersey cases has also arisen as a result of the United State Supreme Court decision in a matter entitled Crawford v. Washington. The Crawford case requires the State of New Jersey to produce witnesses to prove “testimonial” aspects of criminal prosecutions, so that a Defendant’s sixth Amendment right […]

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Standard of Proof on Refusals Changed by the Supreme Court

While the Supreme Court implemented its amendment to the Guidelines for Operation of Plea Bargains in Municipal Courts, the Court made it more difficult for Prosecutors to prove the charge of refusing to submit a breath sample, in holding that the highest standard of proof, applied in criminal cases  had to be applied. In the […]

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Proposed NJ DWI Legislation

In 2007 two bills considered by the Committee, would hopefully improve the condition of Driving While Intoxicated law. Firstly, the Committee considered a bill which would require clarification of the statement which must be read to defendants before they are asked to submit to the breath test. This statement, commonly referred to as Paragraph 36, […]

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