If you are facing charges for a DUI, your goal is ultimately to avoid a criminal record. A guilty conviction can affect you years down the road as you try to get a job, and the way you handle your own defense can mean all the difference between innocent and guilty. Once you have been charged, there are ways you can sabotage your own defense without even realizing it.
Getting a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence) can result in serious penalties. For those who are arrested and charged for these offenses, there are some viable techniques that can result in reduced or dropped penalties. Here are five tips about how to defend against a DWI/DUI.
Everyone loves a fun party, but there always needs to be some ground rules. Keeping everyone's safety in mind doesn't mean the fun has to end. If you're throwing a party, you have a responsibility to ensure your guests don't drink and drive. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to prevent drunk driving.
Summer is in full swing, and many residents of North Carolina head out to the state's lakes, rivers and coastlines with their boats in tow. Whether it is a ski boat, a pontoon boat or a simple rowboat, boating is a great way for North Carolina residents to relax and soak up the summer sun on the state's beautiful waterways. But, did you know that, just like there are laws governing driving under the influence of alcohol, there are laws governing boating under the influence of alcohol?
This summer Wilmington, North Carolina, residents will go to barbecues, family reunions camping or perhaps, even head for the beach. In addition, at all these events, alcohol may be served. Most of the time, a person can enjoy such beverages responsibly. However, that does not stop someone from being pulled over by the police and being accused of drunk driving.
After a car accident, many people are quick to point their finger at someone and claim that person is at fault. The situation can become even more heightened when allegations of criminal activity surface. In one recent example, a North Carolina mother was behind the wheel in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of her 9-year-old daughter. Now that woman is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
In North Carolina, anyone who is granted a driver's license implicitly agrees as a privilege of driving to submit to a chemical test if a police officer suspects the driver has been driving while intoxicated. It is a person's right to refuse to take a breath test in these situations. However, there are consequences for doing so.
Drivers in North Carolina are familiar with others telling them to drive safe. Depending on the time of year and even the time of day that could mean very different things. In the winter months, it could mean drive cautiously and watch for ice on the roads. At night it could mean be attentive and don't drive if you are too tired. During the winter holidays, it certainly means to avoid drinking and driving, especially during a major holiday celebration -- New Year's Eve. In fact, local authorities and organizations are stressing that North Carolina residents should make a plan for transportation to and from their New Year's parties.
In North Carolina, there are a number of aggravating factors which can increase the penalties for a DUI charge. One of these is having a child passenger in the car. It is not uncommon for a parent to be arrested on this charge after taking the family out to dinner and having a couple of glasses of wine or beer. Many people who find themselves in this situation have never been arrested before, and it can be a scary and humiliating experience.
Our society here in the U.S. is generally a very automobile-dependent one. Thus, driving is often a very major part of a person's life. A person's ability to get to their job, perform their various family duties and carry on their life in the way they are used to is often very closely tied to their ability to drive.