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Truckers beware: you may not be able to shake that ticket

In the past, it was common in the traffic courts around North Carolina and the rest of the country to offer deals to infrequent or first-time traffic offenders, who got caught in a minor slip up, like driving a few miles over the limit or pushing through a yellow light. These deals would usually involve the payment of some money or doing something good for the community, in exchange for avoiding what some commercial drivers consider the biggest consequence of a traffic ticket, the black mark on one's drivig record.

If I blew over 0.08 on a breath test, should I just plead guilty?

Many people in Statesville, North Carolina, might have the impression that if they are stopped on the suspicion of being a drunk driver, and then get taken to a police station for a breath test, the result listed on that machine is the final word on the matter.

Can an officer make me take field sobriety tests?

When pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving, most Statesville, North Carolina, motorists will likely volunteer to take certain field sobriety tests, which are exercises and other physical assessments that, at least according to police and prosecutors, prove whether or not a person has had too much alcohol to be able to drive safely.

North Carolina's driving points system

As is the case with other states, North Carolina has a points system it uses to identify, and punish, drivers who have a pattern of being unsafe on the state's roads or who commit serious safety violations while driving. These points are assessed administratively and are an additional penalty above and beyond having the pay a traffic ticket.

Overview of domestic violence laws in North Carolina

Many Statesville, North Carolina, residents may struggle in their romantic relationships, and there may even be a lot of serious tension at home that occasionally boils over. However, as Statesville residents can probably guess, North Carolina law prohibits domestic violence, and someone who crosses the line from being angry to being abusive may face serious legal consequences.

Protections against DWI charges

The possible penalties and consequences for a DWI charge are not insignificant. They can range from possible incarceration and hefty fines to license suspension and an increase in insurance premiums. Because of the serious potential penalties and consequences associated with a DWI charge, it is important to understand that criminal defense rights apply in all situations when an individual has been accused of committing a crime and that they provide important protections for accused individuals.

What is expungement and how can it help me?

Expungement is a process that can help individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system and may be something they have heard of but do not fully understand. Accused individuals may wonder what expungement refers to and how it can help him. Even an arrest record can create a criminal record and a variety of problems for an accused individual to contend with and, in some circumstances, expungement may be able to help.

Man faces DWI charges after speaking with police

DWI charges are serious charges in North Carolina. An alderman from a nearby North Carolina community west of the Statesville area was recently cited for DWI. It was determined by a breathalyzer test that the man allegedly had a .09 blood alcohol content level. In North Carolina, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher. According to authorities, the man was cited after entering a gas station to purchase cigarettes and beginning a conversation with police.

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