NJ Supreme Court Rules More Than 20,000 DWI Convictions Could Be Tossed

If your life has been affected by a DUI, then you know the consequences can be devastating for both you and your family members. Consequences can range from hefty fines to losing your license or even facing jail time. A DUI will also go on your record and can affect your job security as well. It is not something to take lightly. If you are facing DUI charges, having an attorney in your corner can make all the difference. A lawyer has significant knowledge of the law and can help you get the best outcome possible. For some, a lawyer fighting on their behalf can drastically affect the outcome. In New Jersey, many people facing DWI convictions could find themselves on the receiving end of some good news. In fact, over 20,000 convictions could be tossed out. If you are unsure as to whether or not you are affected by this Supreme Court decision, consult a DWI lawyer for advice.

What Happened?

You may be wondering what happened that impacted over 20,000 DWI convictions. After examination, it was discovered that over 20,000 breathalyzer tests were not calibrated properly affecting the readings of these tests. Allegedly, a New Jersey State Police Sergeant mishandled the breathalyzer devices. Because these devices were mishandled, the blood alcohol content reading, or BAC, was not reliable.

What Was the Ruling?

After hearing the case, the Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled against police Sergeant Dennis. He was convicted of criminal charges and found guilty of tampering with the calibration of breathalyzer devices. A required step was skipped in the calibration process. Because of this, the Supreme Court also ruled that these devices were inadmissible as evidence.

What Could This Mean?

The police department is maintaining the stance that there are fail-safes in place to ensure the accuracy of the devices even if this step is skipped. In fact, New Jersey is the only state that requires that their department follow this certain step. They claim that omitting this step did not in any way affect the outcome of the results. However, for many, this could mean their breathalyzer test results are no longer able to be used against them in court. If you ever need legal help of any kind, whether it is with overturned evidence such as in the case of those in New Jersey or with reducing the outcome of your case, you can contact the attorneys at Miley Law. Our attorneys in Las can work on your behalf to get you the best possible results.