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Pushing for Cameras in Every Police Car

Posted by Matt Rooney | Jun 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

New Legislation Would Mandate Cameras in All Police Cars Utilized for Traffic Stops

One of the first things every New Jersey DWI/DUI attorney should request from the state on behalf of their client is the video of the actual traffic stop. If your case hinges upon whether the police followed proper procedures such as during the roadside sobriety test observation (the step before those who fail it are taken custody and driven back to the local police station for a breath test), then the absence of this tape could be a real problem. That many not be a problem much longer. S2860 is a bill sponsored by State Senator Donald Norcross who represents portions of Camden and Gloucester counties; if passed by both chambers of the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie, it would require that every police vehicle “which is primarily used for traffic stops shall be equipped with a mobile video recording system.” Some municipalities and police departments will certainly object to the expense during these tight budgetary times, but most defense attorneys will appreciate the opportunity to cross-check the police report with a video record. With or without a video to examine, a skilled DWI lawyer who is current on the law, with a solid knowledge of the facts, and the help of experts, can assert the right defenses, challenge the state's evidence and put you in the best position possible to win your DUI case. If you or someone you know is facing DUI /DWI charges in municipal court, it is important to appreciate the seriousness of the potential legal consequences. These include large fines, license suspension and imprisonment. Don't wait and hope that this problem will go away on its own. It won't. If you or a loved one needs representation for a DWI/DUI charge in the state of New Jersey or other traffic court matters, contact the Municipal Court attorneys at DeMichele & DeMichele. Help protecting your rights is only a phone call away (856) 546-1350. Don't just plead guilty and risk your driving privilege or driving record.

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Matt Rooney

Practice Areas: Family Law (including Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, and Domestic Violence); Municipal Court; Personal Injury; Residential Real Estate; Civil Litigation; Collections.

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