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Posts tagged "DWI Defense"

Local mayor sentenced on drunk driving charges

A North Carolina mayor pleaded guilty on Jan. 14 to driving while impaired on election night. Robert L. Williams, Jr., the mayor of Sharpsburg, was sentenced to one day in jail as well as 24 hours of community service and two years of probation. He was elected on May 8, 2018, after courts ordered a rerun of a 2017 election that he had lost by three votes, according to the official count. When he left Sharpsburg's town hall, a Nash County polling place, on election night, some said that he appeared to be impaired due to alcohol consumption.

Agencies push testing standards for drug-impaired driving

According to the National Traffic Safety Board, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the U.S. need to be trained to identify drivers who may be impaired by drugs. The NTSB requested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration develop standards for drug testing devices that can be used during roadside law enforcement stops. Furthermore, the NHTSA was called to provide states with guidance on how to combat drug-related impaired driving.

About Federal DWIs

North Carolina residents and those visiting our state should know that in certain situations, driving while impaired can be charged as a crime in federal court. Specifically, individuals can be charged in federal court with DWI or other criminal charge if the alleged offense occurs on federal land. North Carolina is home to numerous military bases and national parks including the Outer Banks where the federal government has jurisdication over criminal offenses that would otherwise be prosecuted in state court under state law. For this reason, federal courts in NC maintain busy dockets for DWI and other misdemeanor prosecutions.

Breathalyzer machines are not infallible

If a driver in North Carolina is believed to be impaired by alcohol, a Breathalyzer test may be conducted. While this test is considered to be highly accurate, it is possible that the result could be incorrect in certain cases. For instance, if a driver had vomited, eaten or smoked just prior to a Breathalyzer test, it could skew the results and make them inadmissible in court.

Newly elected mayor gets drunk driving charge

A man who won an election to become the mayor of Sharpsburg, North Carolina, was taken into custody for DUI hours after winning. The man arrived in Nash County Jail at about 11:30 p.m. on May 8 and was released the next morning. He was charged with driving while impaired as well as being in possession of a concealed weapon and possessing it while consuming alcohol.

DWI charges for county employee

A North Carolina man who worked as a quality assurance specialist for a county emergency medical service was dismissed from his job after being charged with DWI. The charge is in relation to an incident that happened on the morning of April 21.

Understanding distracted driving law in North Carolina

There are numerous opportunities for distraction when you're behind the wheel. Your kids screaming in the back seat, the hot coffee in your cup holder, even the disturbing story on the radio. However, in the years since cell phones--and in particular smart phones--became commonplace, the potential for distraction has become virtually limitless. Your phone is now a source of news and entertainment, and it keeps you apprised of all of your friends' activity on social media.


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