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STATE v. HENDRICKS — NEW JERSEY MURDER TRIAL — "NOT GUILTY" VERDICT

Mr. Tumelty represented Helena Hendricks, who was charged with first degree murder in Atlantic County Superior Court. The defendant faced a number of additional charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted three weeks, the defendant was found "not guilty" of all charges.

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New Jersey Ignition Interlock Requirements and Guidelines

New Jersey residents may have heard of ignition interlock devices (IIDs), but many likely have questions about what offenses require installation of the devices. IIDs are a typical part of the sentence for DWI offenders. It is important to be aware of what the mandatory standards are for using IIDs to avoid any additional penalties.

Ignition interlock devices are mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with blood alcohol contents (BACs) of .15% or higher. However, the required term for using IIDs varies and is within a judge’s discretion. Generally, a judge can require use of an IID throughout the license suspension period, plus between six months to one year after the license is restored (for first offense DUI). This time increases to between one and three years for additional offenses.

When IID requirements are imposed by judges, defendants receive detailed instructions on how to install the IIDs. Defendants are responsible for the cost of installation.

IIDs must be installed on any vehicle that the driver might operate, even another person’s car. This requirement is mandatory even if the driver does not plan to do any driving during the suspension period.

Moving out of New Jersey does not eliminate the IID requirement and may result in problems restoring driving privileges in a new state. The IID must remain on any vehicle that the driver operates in the new state.

It is important to obey a judge’s order requiring use of an IID. Failing to install the device can result in the judge adding an additional year to the suspended license term.

A DWI conviction can result in strict penalties. Remembering these basic guidelines will help DWI offenders avoid further penalties and assure successful restoration of driving privileges.

Source: State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, “Ignition Interlock Device

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