A Freehold Township man was arrested for suspicion of vehicular homicide on October 7, 2008. Since that time, he has been involved in a series of alcohol related altercations and/or incidents, culminating in charges of simple assault on his mother. Alcohol has been a common thread in all of the incidents.
A Monmouth County Superior Court Judge was asked to increase the suspect’s $600,000 bail. The judge ordered, however, that the defendant either admit himself into a longterm alcohol treatment center or be subject to an increased bail of $1,000,000. The defendant opted for the former although his Monmouth County criminal lawyer was careful to point out that the entry into rehab should not be construed as an admission of guilt to any of the charges.
We often see first hand the negative effects of alcohol on individuals when they are exposed to the stress of a looming jail sentence. There obviously is not justification for this conduct but it is easy to see how things like this happen. Defense counsel better have something up his sleeve or this gentlemen may be looking at signficant jail time given his failure to learn from his mistakes.