An 18-year-old man is facing a serious charge after the critical injury of his twin brother earlier this summer, according to local sources. The New Jersey man was taken into custody following the alleged DWI accident, which took place in West Caldwell. The man turned himself in and is currently awaiting trial. He has retained the services of a criminal defense attorney to represent him at said trial.
What reportedly happened?
According to local sources, it appears the man’s brother was riding on the hood of the vehicle in question when the accident occurred around 1:23 a.m. Apparently, the vehicle struck a tree, critically injuring the second individual. The two were reportedly leaving a party when the incident occurred, prompting police to look into the potential of drunk driving.
The driver turned himself in and was briefly held by police before being released. His brother apparently required surgery to amputate one of his legs and will need a further ten surgeries to fully recover from the accident. The driver’s attorney issued a statement shortly thereafter, and the first court date was scheduled for Sept. 3.
Protecting one’s rights when facing charges
If a New Jersey court finds the driver to be at fault for the accident, particularly if it is the result of DWI, the man could face serious criminal charges and censures, including the loss of his license and possibly his freedom. However, a drunk driving charge can be challenging to prove in court, as many factors influence a driver’s level of alleged intoxication. His attorney will carefully review the facts of the case in an effort to build a compelling defense against these charges.