Archives for: November 21st, 2021

If you assume you need to be behind the wheel of a car or truck in order to get charged with driving under the influence, you’re not alone. It’s a common misconception that, to get a DUI, you need to be behind the wheel of an actual car or truck. However, that’s not the case at all.

A North Carolina man is finding out the hard way what the definition of a motorized vehicle is. He was arrested behind the wheel of a golf cart for driving without the headlights on. When police [...]

In North Carolina, driving while impaired (DWI) is a serious crime. It’s also a crime with a bit of a complicated sentencing structure in the event you are found guilty.

The best-case scenario for a DWI case in North Carolina involves small fines and community service. The worst case can send someone to prison a couple of years and require them to pay thousands in fines, among other penalties.

Here’s a guide to help you understand the DWI sentencing structure in the state so you can understand what to expect if convicted of [...]

 

In North Carolina, you could be charged with a DWI without ever going near a car.

It often comes as a surprise to many residents, but you can be charged with a DWI or DUI if you are intoxicated while driving any vehicle, from bicycles to boats. Under North Carolina law, a vehicle is defined as:

“…every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon fixed rails or tracks; provided, [...]

 

Like many other states in the nation, North Carolina has been cracking down on drunk drivers in recent years. In 2013, approximately 33% of North Carolina’s traffic fatalities involved drunk drivers, and many state officials and citizens agree that this number is far too high. In an ongoing effort to try to lower the number of impairment-related deaths and accidents on the road, two new bills have recently been passed in the North Carolina House of Representatives that seek to toughen the state’s drunk driving laws.

Under current North Carolina law, a [...]

You may be familiar with the new over-the-counter breath tests that have recently become available in drug stores and gas stations in North Carolina. The tests are simple, small, and extremely cheap—you can find them at many local gas stations for just five dollars.

When these tests first became available, it seemed like they might quickly become a party staple, like a gift bag at a child’s birthday party. While the tests haven’t quite gotten to that level—they’re not exactly a craze just yet—they are important gadgets with serious potential to completely change [...]