October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Drunk driving is considered to be a major problem in North Carolina. According to The Century Council, there were a whopping 53,700 DUI arrests in the state in 2011, and 366 fatal accidents related to drunk driving. Because of the increased chances of people celebrating the end of summer and returning to school, North Carolina police ran a campaign on drunk driving awareness through September 2 to remind people of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, said ABC News.
Drunk drivers not only risk hurting themselves and others while behind the wheel, but they can also face consequences that last for years. The penalties increase with each DUI conviction in North Carolina. MADD says that out of every person arrested or convicted for drunk driving, about a third of them are repeat offenders. Surprisingly, 50 to 75 percent of them are also driving on suspended licenses. These decisions can lead to charges that can have lifelong repercussions.
DUI laws in North Carolina
Drunk driving laws
exist not only to protect people, but to prevent drivers from repeating their actions and ruining their lives. DMV.org says that in our state, just a first offense will result in a license suspension, up to a $200 fine, 60 days in jail, alcohol abuse counseling and community service. The penalties for drunk driving increase with each subsequent conviction. Repeat offenders can lose their license for four years and face a $10,000 fine. In addition, law enforcement may be able to seize the vehicle of a repeat drunk driver and sell it, if he or she was arrested for DUI with a suspended or revoked license.
The costs for a DUI are high, even for a first offender. These costs typically include:
- Court fees and fines
- Alcohol counseling
- License reinstatement fees
- High-risk car insurance
- Loss of income
Also, the installation of an ignition interlock device is required for those with subsequent offenses within seven years, and these devices come with costly installation and maintenance fees.
Contacting an attorney
The best way to prevent the high costs and penalties
associated with a DUI is to simply avoid drinking and driving. But if you've been arrested for driving under the influence, you have the right to be treated fairly in court and to have your side heard. In some cases, a drunk driving defense attorney is able to have some charges lessened or even dropped. It's essential to contact a defense attorney with experience in drunk driving cases if you're facing drunk driving charges.
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