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Burlington City Teen Killed in DWI

Posted by Gina Ravaschiere | Jun 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

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A 17-year-old who was walking early on a Sunday morning was killed after being hit by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. The teen, who was a senior at Burlington City High School and a member of ROTC, was pronounced dead at the scene, which took place on Route 130 in Burlington.

Details of the Burlington City DWI Death

The man who hit and killed the teenager was a 42-year-old from Willingboro. Police charged the man with reckless driving and DWI. Police also stated that they are continuing to investigate the accident. Investigators will also look at toxicology test results once they are available. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the Willingboro man may also be charged with death by auto.

Death by Auto in New Jersey

This charge is defined by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5a and states that criminal homicide constitutes vehicular homicide when it is caused by driving a vehicle recklessly. Under this law, proof that a driver fell asleep or was under the influence of alcohol constitutes reckless driving. Another aspect of this law is anyone found guilty of death by auto will have a minimum term included with their sentence. This term is the greater of either one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed by the court or three years. The New Jersey law declares that unless a compelling hardship case can be established, a defendant will be required to forfeit their vehicle that was involved in the incident.

New Jersey Lawyer for Death by Auto and DWI Charges

According to New Jersey law, most death by auto charges are a second degree crime. Courts can impose a fine up to $150,000 and a prison sentence of 5-10 years for a second degree crime. If a vehicular homicide occurs within 1,000 feet of school property, the death by auto charge is increased to a first degree crime. A first degree crime in New Jersey can result in a prison sentence between 10 and 20 years.

The State of New Jersey takes all charges involving driving while intoxicated seriously. That's why anyone facing this type of charge should speak with an experienced DWI attorney. Speaking with an attorney provides a DWI or death by auto defendant with an opportunity to discuss their charges and the specific fats of the case.

Contact a DWI Defense Lawyer

If you're facing a criminal charge, you can have a free consultation with a member of the law firm of Villani and Deluca by calling 732-965-3999.

About the Author

Gina Ravaschiere

As a senior associate, Ms. Ravaschiere, Esq. has been practicing family law for over twenty years. Ms. Ravashiere gained valuable experience as a trial attorney from her years spent as a Municipal Prosecutor in Howell Township, New Jersey. At Villani & Deluca, Gina focuses her law practice to divorce and family-related issues, having appeared in both Ocean County and Monmouth County divorce courts multiple times on a weekly basis. She has represented individuals in divorce related proceedings residing in Ocean Township, Long Branch, Eatontown, Red Bank, Rumson, Fair Haven, Holmdel, Middletown, Hazlet, Freehold, Freehold Township, Howell Township, and throughout the entire Jersey Shore area. Gina commenced her legal career by serving as Judicial Law Clerk for a family law Judge in Freehold, New Jersey.

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