In New Jersey allowing another person to operate a vehicle while under the influence can result in a conviction for DWI. To be convicted a defendant must have reason to believe that the person is under the influence, and must permit the person to operate a vehicle owned by, or in the custody of the defendant. If those requirements are met, the defendant can be charged with DWI and will be subject to the same penalties as if the defendant himself had been intoxicated and driving.
The standard used to determine fault is an objective one. That means that if a reasonable person would have known that the driver was intoxicated, the defendant can be convicted. This is true even if the defendant did not actually know that the driver was intoxicated.
Driving while intoxicated is a very serious charge with very serious consequences. New Jersey takes DWI cases very seriously and dismissal and downgrade are very difficult. It is imperative that you have an attorney capable of handling a DWI case by your side. Many attorney’s handle DWI cases but not many of them have the requisite experience to formulate a comprehensive defense.
The Ocean County DWI attorneys at the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq. have the experience necessary to see a DWI case all the way from arrest to disposition. Call today for a free initial consultation.
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