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New Jersey rookie pleads to downgraded DWI charges

A rookie police officer found herself on the wrong end of a police chase and faced numerous charges. The officer was apprehended and charged following a DWI arrest. The New Jersey police department in Scotch Plains has finally agreed to release video of the incident, as revealed by a recent news story. 

The woman allegedly was drunk driving when an officer observed her swerving and apparently hitting a guardrail. When she did not immediately stop, the police officer chased her and made the arrest. During the arrest, she allegedly name dropped her station, her boss and her badge number. The arresting officer was supposedly unsympathetic as he did not let her privilege stop the arrest. She was charged with DWI, eluding, reckless driving and other charges. 

The incident occurred in 2016, but became relevant again when the dashcam video was made public after a local newspaper sued. The rookie was immediately suspended without pay following the arrest for. She was also indicted on one count of resisting arrest, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. Information about the other charges and her status on the police force was not available. 

This is one example of a case in which a person was able to successfully have charges reduced based on her criminal defense, likely the work of a savvy defense attorney. Other persons in New Jersey facing DWI charges may also require a strong criminal defense. A person facing criminal charges has the right to a criminal defense attorney, who can aid in trying to reduce the charges or have them dropped altogether. 

Source: New York Post, "Rookie cop tries to use her badge to get out of DWI arrest", Lia Eustachewich, July 19, 2017

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