John Tucker with Indy Week writes that one 34-year-old man got eight months behind bars for four grams of weed, enough for roughly 10 joints and perhaps 15 days in jail.
Matthew Cordle took his drunk driving defense into his own hands on September 3 when he announced to the world - or at least the online world - in his viral video that he had driven drunk and killed another man in the process. In his video, Cordle promised to plead guilty to his crimes and to accept his just punishment.
Even if it is your first drunk driving charge, you should at the very least talk to a lawyer about your options; many DWI attorneys offer a free initial consultation. In addition to advising you of the potential DWI penalties that you may face, an experienced impaired driving lawyer can work on getting the case against you dismissed, the charges against you reduced, negotiate a reasonable plea or fight for an acquittal at trial, depending on the circumstances of your case.
North Carolina law enforcement is calling Operation Firecracker a success, reporting that 1,737 people were arrested and charged with drunk driving between June 28 and July 7 as part of the holiday crackdown on impaired driving. Just under one-third of the impaired driving arrests were made by seven statewide task forces, whose job is to take impaired drivers off North Carolina roadways.
If the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has its way, everyone in the United States who is convicted of drunk driving will have to install an ignition interlock device on his or her car. The recommendation comes after a report by the NTSB that alcohol-impaired drivers are the leading cause of crashes across the U.S.
Twenty-three-year-old Sarah Aimee Carden is facing several felony charges after she was stopped for driving while impaired on the I-440 beltline. She was driving the wrong way on the beltline, causing a crash that killed one, injured another and closed the interstate for four hours.
A Maysville head-on crash killed one person and injured another when an allegedly drunk driver of a GMC pickup crossed the yellow line and hit an oncoming Cadillac CTS. The GMC driver also hit another car, a Chevy Equinox, but that driver was not injured.
A 21-year-old man has been charged for his role in providing a 1.75 liter of Bacardi Dragon Berry before a fatal crash that killed a Raleigh high school student. The girl was riding in a car on Rainwater Road when the driver lost control of the car and struck a tree. The driver has been charged with DWI/DUI and other charges related to the fatal car accident.
A 21-year-old man crashed into the back of a mobile testing bus while officers and a magistrate were closing down a DWI checkpoint around 3 a.m. Saturday. Police officers suspect that the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. The man was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center after losing consciousness following the rear-end collision.