Most people aren't lost on the fact that drunk driving is a serious crime. They realize this is the wrong thing to do, and that getting caught could land them in hot water with the law.
Drivers in North Carolina need to know their rights if they have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. An important part of this is simply knowing what penalties could come from DUI/DWI charges so that they can make sure that they get a fair sentence.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, nearly 40 teens between 16 and 19 years of age suffered fatal injuries on our state's roads in 2009 alone. Further, 24 of these fatal crashes involved alcohol. As part of the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program, the DOT has provided information about the consequences for underage drivers who drive while intoxicated. Although the law protects children of all ages, there are still very serious penalties associated with underage DUIs.