Prosecutor Unprepared, Troopers FTA = Dismissed DWI – State v. Tsetsekas

[12/14/09 – 12:12 pm] In this morning’s Appellate Division holding in State v. Tsetsekas, the Court ruled that a trial delay of 344 days, caused by the repeated unpreparedness of the municipal prosecutor and multiple failures to appear by members of the State Police would require the dismissal of a drunk driving case based upon the failure to grant the defendant a speedy trial. The Court’s ruling includes an up-to-date analysis of the factors judges in New Jersey should use in deciding speedy trial motions in DWI cases and stresses the enhanced responsibilities of prosecutors and police in making sure these case can be tried promptly.

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