A DWI in Pennsauken Township May Have Serious Consequences
In New Jersey, a DWI is a traffic offense. Nevertheless, the consequences of this DWI traffic ticket are serious. A DWI conviction in Pennsauken Township will result in a license suspension and potential jail time. In many Pennsauken DWI cases, the judge will order that an ignition interlock device be installed during the period of the license suspension and for additional time of 6 months to three years after the suspension period expires. Moreover, there are immense financial costs for a DWI conviction in Pennsauken.
The Arrest by the Pennsauken Police
In Pennsauken Township, the court process begins with a citation for a DWI. The police are mandated to keep the driver under arrest for twelve hours, unless a sober adult signs for the release of the driver. A DWI charge and other traffic tickets are issued with a date to appear in the Pennsauken Municipal Court for a preliminary arraignment.
The Discovery Process
Kevin Leckerman, Esquire, a Pennsauken DWI attorney, will write to the Pennsauken Municipal Court to excuse the appearance of the driver at the arraignment and postpone the court date in order to obtain DWI discovery (request for all evidence) from the Pennsauken Township prosecutor. This discovery request concerns information about breath, blood or urine testing that occurred at the request of the Pennsauken police. If the information is not produced, then a motion to compel the production of discovery will be filed. Once this motion is heard and granted by the Pennsauken Municipal Court judge, then the State must provide the ordered discovery within a specified period of time. If the prosecutor does not provide discovery within the specified time period, the Pennsauken Municipal Court judge could order that evidence be suppressed or dismiss the case entirely.
The 60-day Rule in Pennsauken
A rule of New Jersey courts requires that the Pennsauken Municipal Court resolve all DWI cases within 60 days from the date that the charges are filed with the court. This requirement is not always met. The process of obtaining discovery and arguing motions that have been filed may cause the case to go well beyond the 60 days time period.
Once discovery is completely received, Mr. Leckerman thoroughly reviews with his clients the defenses in the case. Attorney Leckerman will also discuss whether DWI experts should be retained to review technical or scientific evidence. Those DWI experts may be able to offer written opinions that could lead to the dismissal of the DWI charge in the
Pennsauken Municipal Court.
No matter what, Kevin Leckerman will aggressively and creatively defend his clients in order to get the best possible outcome.
Pennsauken Township Police Department
2400 Bethel Avenue
Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109-2767
Pennsauken Municipal Court
2400 Bethel Avenue
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Fax: (856) 665-8127
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