Though North Carolina’s “drunk driving” law is specifically a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), it is also commonly referred to as a DUI (Driving Under the Influence).
Under North Carolina DWI Laws, the state must prove:
1. you were driving
2. you were driving on a North Carolina Public Street, Highway, or Public Vehicular Area (normally parking lots)
a. “consumed a sufficient quantity of an impairing substance so that your mental and/or physical faculties were appreciably impaired”
b. that your blood alcohol concentration was .08 or more.”
Whether innocent or guilty, you will need an experienced DWI attorney to help you get the best possible outcome.
From the time the officer first happens upon you, he or she is gathering evidence for a possible charge of DWI. Everything from the way you were driving, to your appearance, to your smell will be evaluated.
Fortunately, there are many guidelines by which the officers must operate within in order for the evidence they gather to be used against you. A good attorney can help detract from the State’s case by limiting the evidence that is introduced if those guidelines are not strictly followed.
Contact Matheson & Associates at 919-335-5291 for a consultation of your case.
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