Law Office of Matthew Konecky - January 2019

20,000 Reasons Why


The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that over 20,000 driving while intoxicated (DWI) convictions would be tossed out. According to reports from November of 2018, a New Jersey State Police sergeant mishandled the breathalyzer used to read blood alcohol content (BAC). In addition, the sergeant was charged with tampering records. As a result, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that 20,667 convictions for driving while intoxicated could be challenged. In these instances, a notice must go out to anyone subjected to the error. That’s right — this is not the first time it has happened. Several years ago, a similar incident occurred in Florida.

In Broward County in 2009, it was discovered that one of the inspectors who was testing the Intoxilyzer 8000 — a certain model of Breathalyzer —was doing so in an improper manner. Specifically, instead of ingesting alcohol and giving a sample, the inspector simply put alcohol on their lips in order to conduct the test. This procedure did not conform to Florida Department of Law Enforcement or Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles standards. After this incident, several charges of driving under the influence (DUI) were dismissed. Why challenge a DUI? Many people think they cannot challenge a Breathalyzer in court. Given the propensity for error or tampering, I now have over 20,000 reasons why you should. A good DUI attorney looks at outside forces that may have affected your ability to perform field sobriety exercises. This includes weather conditions, the area where the exercises were performed, and the manner in which officers conducted the field sobriety exercises. On top of that, an experienced DUI attorney will consider highlighting the unreliability of breath-measuring devices like the Intoxilyzer 8000. Police have a strict procedure to follow when conducting a DUI investigation. Even minor violations of procedure can affect your case. There are many options a person charged with a DUI can have besides pleading guilty. Let us show you yours.

Cooking With Ashley


Baked Cauliflower Poppers


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2 heads cauliflower 1/4 cup olive oil

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1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. Wash and clean cauliflower. Cut off and discard stems. Then cut cauliflower into small pieces. 3. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add the cauliflower pieces, thoroughly coating each piece. 4. Place cauliflower pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 1 hour, and turn 3 times during cooking until each piece has a nice brown coloring. 5. Remove from the oven and enjoy!


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