Prosecutors play a central role in the criminal justice system in the U.S.A. Prosecutors are governments’ lawyers who complete cases of the government against defendants. The government has the role to investigate, arrest and charge a person who is suspected of criminal activity and the prosecutor does the work.
A prosecutor is called as city attorney, county attorney or district attorney. The prosecutor is the adversary of a criminal defendant and the attorney. These two have a head to head confrontations in the court.
Drunk driving is one among the biggest killers in the country. Hence, laws in states like New Jersey have strict DUI (driving under influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) is stringent. A conviction for DUI or DWI can drain your financial resources and impair your ability to work.
In New Jersey, a first time offender has to pay $650 dollars or more in various fees and a $3000 insurance surcharge for three years. A convicted offender also has to spend 12 hours in IDRC (Intoxicated Driver Resource Center) and 30 days in prison. A driving license is suspended for one year. A second time offender has to pay $1700 or more in fees, $3000 in insurance surcharges and a driver?s license is suspended for two years. The offender has to do either 48 hours IDRC or a 48 hours jail term. The third term offender has to cough up over $2500, plus $4000 surcharge, and license privileges are revoked for ten years with a mandatory 180-day jail sentence.
DUI attorneys need to be experienced and experts in the field of criminal law. The prosecutor may be facing an experienced criminal defense attorney. Prosecutors have the important task of deciding whether to pursue drunk driving cases in court. The local police hands over the cases to the prosecutor. The prosecutor considers whether the case is legally sound, whether it can be proved and the relevant policies considerations.
The prosecutor or the District Attorney then files the case against the defendant and represents the voice of the government. In drunk driving case, the arresting officer is the key witness. The D.A is very powerful in drunk driving cases, and take the case from the police to the court representing the government in court.