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Zero tolerance drunk driving charges in North Carolina

When it comes to drunk driving, North Carolina is a zero tolerance state in multiple ways. In our state, zero tolerance drunk driving laws apply to the following three categories of drivers: commercial vehicle drivers, school bus drivers and motorists under the age of 21.

What if police arrest me for drunk driving but I wasn't driving?

Imagine the following circumstance: You go out to a bar on a Saturday night -- and although you're slightly embarrassed to admit it -- you had an unusually good time. You also drank far too much alcohol and paid for it the next day with a pounding headache. The worst part about it, though, is that you woke up in a jail cell the following day because police arrested and accused you of drunk driving.

27-year-old arrested and accused of drug crimes in Huntersville

A simple traffic stop has led to a drug arrest in Huntersville. According to police in the area, they pulled over a 27-year-old man at approximately 1 a.m. last Tuesday, June 12. It started as a stop for a traffic violation. However, when police got closer to the vehicle, they claim to have smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

What should I expect during a field sobriety test?

Police conduct field sobriety tests as a part of their drunk driving investigations. Police usually will not conduct a field sobriety test until after they have established a suspicion of intoxicated driving. The field sobriety test offers police additional information pertaining to a driver's state of intoxication. Results from these tests can be especially valuable to police in cases of drugged driving where an alcohol Breathalyzer test will not reveal whether someone is intoxicated or not.

Underage drinking and underage drinking and driving

Underage drinking is a common issue throughout the United States. Because all forms of drinking and driving endanger the public, lawmakers throughout the country have created strict state laws to govern the activities of drivers, establishing criminal penalties and fines for those convicted of driving while intoxicated. These laws are especially strict for anyone under the legal drinking age. In the state of North Carolina, for example, so-called "zero tolerance" laws make it illegal for motorists under the age of 21 to drive with any quantity of alcohol in their systems.

Law enforcement using ghost cars to enforce drunk driving laws

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has a new kind of vehicle in its arsenal. They're describing it as a "stealth weapon" to be used in combat against intoxicated drivers. The vehicle looks like a normal Dodge Charger used by the state police. The only difference is that it's black and has glow-in-the-dark lettering.

4 tips when using a designated driver

Every night that you go out with your friends to have a good time, you should always choose one person who will stay sober. This person shouldn't drink a drop of alcohol the entire night, and he or she should be available to drive everyone home if necessary. Yes, it's quite a responsibility and even could be seen as a "drag," but being a designated driver means that you could be the person who saves your friends lives -- or at least prevents them from getting arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense.

Could someone get arrested for drunk driving 4 times in 2 days?

The idea of being hit with a drunk driving charge twice in one year is feasible. Even the idea of being hit with a drunk driving charge twice in one month is feasible -- especially if a North Carolina resident is struggling from an alcohol problem. However, the idea of getting arrested for driving while intoxicated four times within the span of a 48-hour period is absolutely inconceivable. Nevertheless, this is exactly what happened to a man in a northeast state.

Does the 'affluenza' defense really work?

Many North Carolina residents may have heard the story of the Texas teenager who was involved in a serious drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of four people in 2013. The teenager caused the accident and deaths because he was intoxicated, and normally that would result in a long jail sentence.

3 important components of a drunk driving arrest

Whenever a drunk driving arrest occurs, a North Carolina resident can expect that the three following components also occurred. The first relates to the reason why you were pulled over and the second two relate to the reasons why you were ultimately arrested. Did all three of these DUI components happen in your case:

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