Facing a DWI charge is frightening for drivers in North Carolina. With a conviction, there are financial penalties, potential jail time, license suspension and possible vehicle seizure. A conviction may also affect one's career and family life, so having a strong defense is important.
Seeing those blue lights flip on in your rear-view mirror can be an anxiety-inducing experience, but if the North Carolina law enforcement officer who stops you ultimately charges you with drunk driving, things may soon get a whole lot worse. A conviction for driving while intoxicated typically brings with it hefty consequences, and while some of those repercussions are criminal in nature, others will take a direct hit on your wallet.
If you are like most people in North Carolina, you are aware that before a person is arrested for suspected drunk driving, they are commonly asked to take certain tests at the site where they were initially stopped by officers. These tests are called field sobriety tests and while the outcome of the tests may influence whether or not a person is charged with a driving while intoxicated offense, they cannot actually prove that a person is impaired.
At Daughtry Woodard Lawrence & Starling in North Carolina, we defend numerous people facing drug charges. One of the ways we often can get the charges dismissed, usually long before the case goes to trial, is via the doctrine of constructive possession. We thought our blog readers might like to know about this little known legal doctrine.