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Man faces DUI following hit-and-run crash

When we get behind the wheel of the car, we are under the impression that we are able to operate it safely. However, if law enforcement believes that we are not driving safely or violating a traffic law, this could result in a traffic stop. If during the stop officers suspect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, the field sobriety test might commence. The same is true following a car accident. If there is a suspicion of intoxication, police officers will attempt to collect evidence to prove you are over the legal limit. Either of these scenarios could result in a drunk driving charge.

Singer Aaron Carter accused of driving while intoxicated

Even famous people can run into trouble with the law. Take the case of music star, Aaron Carter. The singer was recently arrested for DUI refusal and is facing other criminal charges, including possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

What is North Carolina's 'implied consent' law?

It's a sight and sound no motorist in North Carolina wants to experience -- the flashing red and blue lights in their rear-view mirror and the blare of police sirens in their ear. An officer who pulls a motorist over on suspicion of drunk driving may ask the motorist to perform a breath test. This can be a difficult situation. A person may want to refuse to submit to such a test; for example, if they are certain they are not drunk or if they don't want to make a bad situation worse. However, there are legal consequences for refusing to submit to a breath test.

North Carolina police on the lookout for drunk drivers, boaters

Memorial Day is behind us and the Fourth of July looms, meaning that there may be an uptick in the number of people North Carolina police accuse of drunk driving. After all, summer is a festive season, with many get-togethers and special events going on at the beach or on the water where alcohol is served. While most people in North Carolina handle their liquor responsibly, it is still important to note that police in the state will be cracking down on those they believe are drunk driving or drunk boating.

Don't hesitate to seek help when facing drunk driving charges

Summer is here and with it come all the fun of the season. People in Concord are ready to have a backyard barbecue, go to a ballgame, hit the beach or pool or even attend a wedding or family reunion. Oftentimes, these celebrations and alcohol go hand-in-hand, and most people are responsible when it comes to drinking. However, even if you have merely consumed one drink, and are pulled over by an officer on the way home, it is possible that you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test or you could even be accused of drunk driving.

What are the penalties for misdemeanor driving while impaired?

When it comes to misdemeanor driving while impaired in North Carolina, there are five levels a person could be charged with, with level five having the least serious penalties and level one having the most significant penalties. It is a good idea, however, to understand the penalties that follow all these levels, so that an informed defense can be made if you are charged with misdemeanor drunk driving.

Marijuana use contributes more to accidents, study says

As the recreational use of marijuana is decriminalized, legislators must deal with the looming danger of road safety. This fear is supported by a recent study regarding fatal car accidents and how often drivers tested positive for marijuana. According to the Columbia University Center for Epidemiology and Prevention, one in nine drivers killed in a car accident had marijuana in their systems at the time of the crash. This led researchers to suggest that drug use could have played a part in the accident.

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