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How common is drunk driving in North Carolina?

When a driver is pulled over and his or her blood alcohol content level is 0.08 percent or higher, they are considered to have been driving under the influence. This offense is very serious and can permanently alter the course of their life. Whether they have difficulty obtaining a job in the future or they are let go from their current place of work, DUI charges can have a significant impact on one's life. It is important to avoid drunk driving, but if you have already been accused of this offense you should carefully look at your options. In North Carolina, many people have found themselves in this difficult position.

DUI charges and Halloween celebrations

People find themselves facing DUI charges in a number of circumstances, whether they are driving home from a bar or a family get-together. However, some people are accused of this offense during holidays, such as Halloween. If you were accused of driving under the influence during Halloween, you need to carefully go over your rights immediately, since these charges can have a significant impact on your future in numerous ways. In addition to the immediate consequences, such as the loss of driving privileges and fines, DUI charges could affect you in the years ahead. For example, you might struggle to find employment in a certain line of work or be denied entry into a country.

Handling false domestic violence accusations

For those who are in relationships, numerous challenges may arise. On this blog, we have covered some of the family law problems that people encounter in Hickory and across North Carolina, whether they have a hard time paying child support or are involved in a dispute regarding child custody. However, domestic violence allegations can affect some couples, married or not. If you have been falsely accused of intimate partner violence, our law firm knows how challenging this can be on various levels.

Reviewing the consequences of underage DUI charges

When a young driver is charged with driving under the influence, there is a wide range of consequences they could face, which extend far beyond financial penalties, the loss of driving privileges, and even potential time behind bars. Cody Law Firm knows that when those who have not reached the age of 21 are facing DUI charges, their lives can be thrown off course in other ways also. For example, the charges could have a negative impact on their school performance or affect their future.

Intoxication and the law

While most people know that it is illegal to drive intoxicated in North Carolina, not everybody knows what legally constitutes intoxication under North Carolina law. Here is a breakdown of what constitutes driving impaired under state law and how experts recommend that a person can tell if he or she has consumed too much alcohol to legally drive. 

How common is speeding?

From driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs to failing to yield, traffic offenses take many forms. However, drivers sometimes find themselves facing charges after they are pulled over for speeding. From unlawful road races to simply driving a few miles over the speed limit on accident, the details from one incident to another often vary. Moreover, these offenses could interfere with your ability to drive, which could make it hard for you to take care of daily responsibilities, such as getting to and from your job.

The costs of underage drinking and driving

Drunk driving is problematic enough on its own, but when the driver is also underage, the severity of the issue is only furthered. Each state can enforce different laws concerning drinking and driving, and North Carolina is one that takes a zero tolerance stance against drivers who are under the legal age and nevertheless drink and drive. In some ways, North Carolina underage drinking laws can also be stricter than other states.  

Tiger Woods DUI highlights prescription drug use while driving

Memorial Day is certainly memorable for some. For PGA golfer Tiger Woods, it will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. His early morning arrest in Florida for DUI teed off the week's headlines and raised important points about driving under the influence of prescription drugs. When a celebrity gets involved in anything, the situation is always more complicated - and Woods' arrest is no different. What can we learn from it?

Standardized field sobriety tests: Can you pass?

In any exam where you know you will either pass or fail, it can cause some anxiety. However, when you are pulled over by North Carolina law enforcement and instructed to perform some roadside tests, your driver’s license and more could be at stake. AAA provides this information about standardized field sobriety tests.

Combating license revocation with responsible driving

Owning and driving a vehicle provide significant freedom and convenience, but that privilege demands your attentiveness and responsibility. If you are one of the thousands of drivers in North Carolina, you can avoid the consequences of having your license revoked by simply driving safely. At Cody Law Firm, we understand how to resolve issues in traffic court.

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