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Officer accused of misconduct in DUI case

With the continual push of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan, drivers in New York may well feel a bit under siege at times. While authorities are tasked with maintaining public safety, the need to respect the rights of all parties, including those accused of crimes including driving while intoxicated, is of equal importance. Two components to this are the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and the ability to receive a proper and fair defense.

A police officer is currently facing charges related to his alleged role in interfering with the rights of another citizen during a 2012 DUI arrest in New Jersey. The defendant is accused of professional misconduct, falsification of official police documentations and records and other charges as well. A trial is expected in the case.

The officer arrested member of the New Jersey state assembly and charged him with drunk driving. During the defense process, video footage captured from a camera within the officer’s car became pivotal in proving the lawmaker’s innocence and leading to a successful defense of the charges. As a result of this experience, the representative is said to be very supportive of a proposed new law that has passed the legislature and is currently with the governor for either approval or veto. If approved, the bill would mount cameras in all police vehicles.

It can be important for people accused of driving while intoxicated that they do have the ability to get help with their defense processes and that they can actually be successful in preventing convictions. Securing a consultation with an experienced attorney may be one step to consider after a DUI arrest.

Source: MyFoxNY.com, “Lawmaker who faced DUI wants police car cameras,” Geoff Mulvihill, July 21, 2014

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