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1 charged with DUI following moped accident in North Carolina

A 55-year-old man has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol following a recent accident in which he veered off the road while operating a moped. North Carolina state law permits a person to drive such a vehicle without a license or insurance provided the operator wears the proper gear. However, laws concerning impairment apply to all drivers, and those accused of DUI under similar circumstances could face serious consequences.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident took place just before 1 a.m. on a recent Tuesday when the driver of a moped veered off road and crashed his vehicle. Although no information was provided as to his condition, he was reportedly taken to a medical facility for treatment soon thereafter. Authorities have advised that he will be charged with intoxicated driving after he is released from the hospital.

Police assert the man was operating the moped with a suspended driver's license, but that no license is required for such a vehicle under state law. It remains unclear how they came to suspect that intoxication was a contributing factor to the incident in question. Regardless of the type of vehicle involved, drunk driving offenses are serious in nature, and a conviction for similar charges can have a significant impact on a person's life.

In a similar situation where a person is facing DUI charges, he or she might find it advisable to seek counsel as soon as possible. By consulting with a defense attorney, an individual in North Carolina could obtain some much-needed guidance on how best to approach the situation. An attorney can work toward protecting a client's legal rights throughout the process and assist in forming a strong defense for use during subsequent legal proceedings.

Source: abc11.com, "Trooper: Raleigh man injured after crashing moped while driving drunk", Feb. 6, 2018

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