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.
More people throughout North Carolina may find themselves facing driving while impaired charges if the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has its way. The federal agency just announced its recommendation that the limit for blood alcohol content be lowered from .08 to .05, an almost 35 percent drop in the amount of alcohol allowed in a person's system before he or she is considered legally impaired.
Lawmakers are debating a three-strikes policy for drunk drivers in North Carolina. After two convictions, a third would mean being charged as a habitual DWI offender under a new law that has already passed the House and under consideration in the Senate.
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating former Wake County Judge Kristin Ruth, Raleigh DWI defense attorney James Crouch and two of his legal assistants in connection with at least a dozen DWI cases that were allegedly mishandled. Judge Ruth stepped down from the bench a month ago after 13 years of service but denies knowingly taking part in the bad acts under investigation.