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November 2015 Archives

Celebrity's sentence highlights common DUI penalties

Many New Jersey residents have been charged with drunk driving, and many celebrities get in trouble for it too. For example, John Stamos, star of the new FOX television show "Grandfathered", has been sentenced to three years of summary probation because of allegedly driving while impaired.

Nun charged with DUI

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn about a recent case in which a nun was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Reportedly, the incident happened on Nov. 7 around 3 a.m. in Turnerville.

First-time drunk driving offender is an unlikely suspect

Can a momentary lapse in judgment result in criminal charges? A recent New Jersey accident and accompanying drunk driving arrest suggest that even unlikely candidates might find themselves in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney. 

Woman charged with DWI after erratic driving

On Nov. 3, a woman was charged with DWI and possession of heroin on Oct. 14 after other drivers reported that she was driving in an erratic manner on a New Jersey interstate. The state police stated that authorities found her at a Flying J truck stop in the Carneys Point area off of Interstate 295.

Is faulty evidence leading to wrongful convictions?

What role does eyewitness testimony play in a criminal trial? Unfortunately, a recent law journal article suggests that this type of evidence is both unreliable and incredibly damaging, accounting for around one-third of wrongful convictions. That article relied on data from the National Registry of Exonerations.

Former bishop sentenced to prison for fatal DUI accident

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that a former Episcopal bishop who pleaded guilty to manslaughter was sentenced to prison on Oct. 27. The woman struck a bicyclist in December 2014, killing him. She reportedly fled the scene directly following the accident and only returned when she was encouraged to do so by a friend. Authorities discovered that her blood alcohol levels were about three times the limit. As a result, she was facing 10 years in prison for manslaughter and for leaving the scene. She was ultimately sentenced to 20 years in prison but had 13 years suspended. She also resigned from her position within her church.

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