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Noted local attorney fighting DWI charges

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2008 at 12:42 pm

The Record

Monday, August 18, 2008

A prominent Closter land-use attorney will head to court in October to fight drunken-driving charges.

David Watkins, 57, was arrested the afternoon of July 15, 2007, after driving to the Tenafly home of a client whose car was being impounded, a police report said.

The well-known attorney behind numerous development projects in Closter and surrounding towns had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 – twice the legal limit, the police report states. Watkins pleaded not guilty last year to charges of driving while intoxicated, careless driving and having “unclear plates.”

The case was transferred to Englewood Municipal Court after Cresskill Municipal Judge Terry P. Bottinelli requested a change of venue. The judge had represented Watkins in another case, Cresskill Court Administrator Craig Ferdinand said.

Watkins’ attorney has subpoenaed officers from Cresskill and Tenafly, but the case has been delayed repeatedly. The police report describes Watkins as failing to perform several sobriety tests and arriving at the scene wearing “messed up” clothes and “two different colored shoes.” The report states he asked police for both Bottinelli and “Romeo,” an apparent reference to Cresskill Mayor Ben Romeo.

Watkins’ attorney, Joseph Rem, filed a motion to suppress all evidence obtained in the case and is seeking extensive documentation on the types of sobriety tests administered and the credentials and training of the officers who performed the tests. Rem also requested documentation on the testing history of the Breathalyzer.

“We’ve had many pleasant conversations with the prosecutor, both sides know what the issues are in the case, and both sides are ready to go forward,” Rem said, declining to comment on the details of the case.

While stressing that Watkins has denied the allegations, he said a conviction on such charges typically involves the loss of a driver’s license and a fine.

Watkins is scheduled to appear Oct. 2 in Englewood Municipal Court.

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  1. Mr. Watkins is the attorney of record for Ridgewood 120 LLC, the owners of 120 Franklin Avenue, the former Town Garage.

  2. Junk News… who cares…?

    What does that have to do with anything?

  3. Oh, he’s involved with the garage. Now I get it.

  4. I’m of a mind with 8:59am

    Who cares?

  5. The stuff on the golf course and Jamie Rose is good.

    This is unimportant and of no consequence to any of us.

  6. So…what the hell does this have to do with anything??????

  7. well this was a nice town when its was run buy drunks …

  8. Why do lawyers always need to plead not guilty? He failed the sobriety test that the town uses. He was way over the limit. Own up and accept punishment.

    He could go to jail with all of the other people who didn’t do anything wrong.

  9. He is no doubt an FOP (friend of Pfund).

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