A sixty-three year old women from Rockaway, New Jersey was sentenced to five (5) years in a New Jersey State Prison last week by a Morris County Superior Court Judge. The Defendant had previously plead guilty to one count of death by auto in the second degree. The charges stemmed from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Rockaway Township in 2015. The Defendant’s son, who was just forty-two years young at the time of incident was pronounced dead at the scene. The Defendant had swerved of the roadway and crashed head on into a tree. It was later determined that the Defendant’s blood alcohol content was a .263% which is more than three times the legal limit. To make matters worse this was the Defendant’s second DWI offense in the last two years. Since the Defendant plead guilty to death by auto, her sentence will be subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA) as well. NERA in essence requires a Defendant to serve at least 85% of their sentence before they can become eligible for parole. Therefore, the Defendant will have to serve at least fifty-one (51) months before she can become eligible for parole. In addition, once she is released she will also have to serve a two year license suspension as well.
Death by Auto Charges in Morris County NJ
Death by auto is an extremely serious offense and requires the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense in Morris County like death by auto, assault by auto, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, burglary or manslaughter the Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver can help. Our office has over 100 years of combined experience on staff, including years of prior prosecuting experience. We serve all of Morris County, including towns like Morristown, Dover, Denville, Mount Olive, Roxbury and Parsippany. To schedule a free initial consultation today please contact our Morristown office at 973-309-7050.