As many New Jersey DUI lawyers know, drunk driving charges can become complex if an accident occurs, and fame doesn't provide an easy out. According to recent media reports, actress Lindsay Lohan allegedly clipped a pedestrian while driving in New York City. The man, who was later identified as a Jersey City resident, was taken to an area hospital with a knee injury.
Lohan allegedly left the scene of the accident, but later returned and police at the scene took Lohan into custody. Lohan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
The injured pedestrian told New York media that after the accident, Lohan was slurring her speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. Lohan has not been charged with drunk driving related to the accident, but she does have two previous DUI convictions.
A history of previous drunk driving convictions within a recent period of time can have serious consequences for persons who face new drunk driving charges. In New Jersey, two or more prior convictions can result in more serious charges and enhanced penalties for a subsequent conviction. For example, a third or subsequent drunk driving conviction can result in at least 180 days of jail time, a fine of up to $1,000, and a driver’s license suspension for 10 years or longer, depending on the circumstances.
In cases where a history of prior convictions increases the potential for incarceration and other life-changing consequences, the assistance of New Jersey DUI lawyers is essential. Contact our office today in order to see how we can help.
The New Jersey DUI lawyers of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman represent persons charged with drunk driving and DUI-related offenses in New Jersey.