If you are celebrating Halloween with a few drinks, bar-hopping or enjoying a house party, don't drink and drive. The police are watching for you and you will likely be arrested for driving while impaired.
Roberts Law Group. Experienced DWI defense in North Carolina with offices in Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte.
Halloween falls on a Thursday - close to the weekend for many and the actual start of the weekend for some - stay safe and sober if you are driving. And out of jail.
WILMINGTON, NC, October 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Don't Let Your Halloween Celebration End In The New Hanover County Jail
It's time for Halloween! That means costume contests at bars and haunted houses around the Wilmington area, themed parties on or near college campuses throughout Eastern North Carolina and, according to data compiled by Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS), increased drinking across the country.
A man from Maine made national headlines recently after being arrested for drunk driving while dressed as The Joker from Batman. According to reports of the incident, the man was returning home from a Halloween party when he lost control of his car and slammed into several trees; his mugshot captured him in white facepaint and neon green hair, part of his Joker costume.
Because Halloween falls on a Thursday this year - close to the weekend for many and the actual start of the weekend for some - the opportunities to get tangled with drunk driving enforcement will likely be many.
Booze It & Lose It In Full Swing
The Governor's Highway Safety Program kicked off the annual Halloween Booze It & Lose It campaign over the weekend. The stepped-up safe-driving enforcement program means increased patrols throughout the state looking for impaired drivers as well as additional checkpoints through the holiday to stop those who drink and drive.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2007 and 2011, over half of fatal accidents that occurred over Halloween involved drunk drivers. AMS expects, based on the data it collects from its own monitoring system, that overall alcohol consumption will increase by 25 percent on Thursday because of Halloween.
There is no doubt that Halloween is a fun time to be out on the town. It can also be a dangerous night; if you are arrested for impaired driving, it can be a life-changing night.
North Carolina DWI Penalties
If you are planning to go out on Thursday or over the weekend, designate a driver, call a cab, utilize public transit or take advantage of an on-campus safe-ride program. In the words of Z.A.D.D. (Zombies Against Drunk Driving), "This Halloween, if you've been drinking, please don't drive. Take a cab. Ride with a sober friend. Or better yet, walk home, alone and unarmed, through a graveyard."
You could save yourself substantial legal troubles, unplanned-for expenses, jail time and a ding to your criminal record.
A first-time DWI conviction in North Carolina can mean as much as 24 months in jail.
A DWI arrest will result in an automatic loss of your driver's license for 30 days. If you refused a breath test - considered a violation of North Carolina's implied consent law - you may lose your driver's license for a much longer period.
Your car insurance will likely increase as much as 400 percent if you are convicted of DWI.
Your bank account will take a hit. You will likely pay thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and fees for alcohol testing, substance abuse treatment, ignition interlock, alcohol monitoring and other costs.
If you are arrested for drunk driving over Halloween, you should talk to a Wilmington defense lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can represent you at your DMV hearing to restore driving privileges, evaluate the facts of your case to argue for dismissal or a reduction in charges and fight drunk driving charges at trial if necessary.
This informational article is provided by the DWI defense attorneys of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, a law firm with offices in Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte, dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused throughout North Carolina. To learn more about the firm, please visit our family of criminal defense websites. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or +1 us on Google+ to get the latest updates on safety and criminal defense matters in North Carolina.
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