New Milford DUI Leads to Aggravated Assault on Police Officer

According to authorities, a woman was arrested in New Milford last Thursday and was charged with numerous offenses for threatening police after refusing a sobriety test. Twenty-five (25) year-old Alexandra Defino was stopped by police on River Road for a motor vehicle violation at around 11:40pm according to Detective Kevin Van Sanders. Police suspected Defino of driving under the influence, and allege that she was asked to step out of her vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. According to police, Defino then refused to perform field sobriety tests, and she allegedly became “increasingly loud and uncooperative,” began fighting with police, and resisting arrest.

Also according to police, Defino threatened to kill the officers and made threats against their families. Additionally, while Defino was being transported to headquarters, she allegedly caused damage to the rear door of the police car by repeatedly kicking it. Once she was brought back to police headquarters, Defino fought with officers during the booking process, and she struck officers while she was being placed into a holding cell. Defino was subsequently charged with DUI, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, three counts of terroristic threats, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, and obstruction of justice. Defino was brought to the Bergen County Jail without a pending court date. Click here to read more at

In New Jersey, penalties for a conviction of a first DWI include: A possible sentence of up to 30 days in jail, a suspension of your driver’s license for between three (3) months and one (1) year, required participation in Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), an intensive program at the IDRC, many fines, and surcharges.

In this particular case, the offender started off with motor vehicle offenses (DUI), but also ended up being charged with much more serious criminal offenses, as the situation escalated. One of the most serious charges was: aggravated assault on a police officer (a second degree charge) which is an indictable offense in New Jersey and carries potential prison time of between five (5) and ten (10) years with 85% to be served under the No Early Release Act (NERA).

If you or someone you know is charged with DUI, or aggravated assault, you should contact an attorney who ensure that your rights are protected in court, especially given the possibility of jail time. Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer, Alissa D. Hascup has worked on countless cases throughout New Jersey and is committed to making sure you get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.