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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the 2012 London Summer Olympics, many North Carolinians were glued to their television screens as they cheered on the swimming sensation known as Michael Phelps. During that Olympic Games, Phelps went on to break world records, winning a total of 18 gold medals and 22 medals total.
Individuals in North Carolina who face drunk driving charges may be subject to significant penalties that will have significant and numerous personal and professional ramifications. After a DUI conviction the ripple-effect of consequences is set in motion and can quickly result in an individual losing his or her job, motor vehicle and freedom. Additionally, A DUI conviction is likely to negatively affect an individual's personal relationships and create financial hardships.
Individuals in and around the Charlotte area who are facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges have a lot is at stake. A criminal conviction related to drug charges, DWI, assault, theft or fraud can negatively impact an individual's life in innumerable and often unforeseen ways.