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For commercial drivers, strict DUI laws

If you are a commercial driver in North Carolina, your commercial driver's license (CDL) is your livelihood. Any serious traffic violation, including a DWI, can put your license and your job in jeopardy. To protect yourself while driving in or through North Carolina, it is important to understand the laws you are required to adhere to.

North Carolina and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) charges

Criminal charges related to driving under the influence most often relate to individuals who are believed to be under the influence of alcohol. However, DUI charges may also result in cases where a driver is believed to be under the influence of drugs. In North Carolina, a driver who is found to be under the influence of a Schedule 1 controlled substance or "other impairing substances," will face criminal charges related to driving under the influence of drugs or DUID.

North Carolinians facing DWI charges need an aggressive legal advocate

Regardless of the circumstances, being pulled over by a police officer is a nerve-wracking experience. When an individual is subsequently asked to exit his or her vehicle and submit to field sobriety tests and a breath test or blood test, the situation quickly escalates. If faced with this scenario, it's important to pay close attention to what a police officer says and does and also to understand one's legal rights.

North Carolina politicians take steps to increase penalties for DWI/DUI

We've previously discussed in blog posts how North Carolina has some of the toughest drunk driving laws of any state. However, if two bills that were recently introduced by North Carolina House Democrat Rep. Darren Jackson become law, the penalties for some individuals convicted of DWI/DUI will be even more punitive.

The high costs of an underage DWI

Any driver who is pulled over by a police officer and subsequently asked to exit his or her vehicle and complete a series of field sobriety tests is, with good reason, likely to be terrified. This is especially true in cases involving young and inexperienced drivers. 

NC Court of Appeals' ruling in DWI case raises questions

As we discussed in our last blog, a police officer who pulls a driver over must have reasonable suspicion to believe that a driver has committed a crime. In cases where this requirement isn't met, a defense attorney will fight to get any criminal charges that may follow as a result of the traffic stop dismissed. However, according to a recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, evidence collected in an unconstitutional traffic stop may still be used as justification to revoke an individual's driver's license in an Administrative Hearing at NCDMV.

DWI cases and procedural errors and violations

We've discussed in previous posts some of the penalties individuals who are convicted of a DWI in North Carolina may face. There's no doubt that the financial and personal costs associated with a drunk driving conviction are significant and individuals who are facing criminal charges would be wise to contact a defense attorney and explore their options.

How to avoid being questioned about DWI at a License checkpoint?

This is an interesting idea. If you approach a LICENSE checkpoint - where the officer has authority ONLY to check licenses, not look for signs of impairment - can you put your license outside the window and refuse to roll down the window (where the officer will be trying to smell your breath etc.)?
Since you have satisfied the purpose of the checkpoint, is the officer hamstrung from taking further action?

North Carolina school bus driver arrested on DWI charges

A 63-year-old North Carolina woman was arrested and accused of driving under the influence, and now could lose her job just before reaching retirement age. According to the North Carolina school district that employs the woman, she has been driving school buses for the district for the last 12 years.

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