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What penalties could result from a DUI charge in North Carolina?

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.

What you need to know about DUI/DWI in North Carolina

North Carolina residents who believe a DUI/DWI charge is no big deal should seriously consider rethinking their position. In truth, our state has always had serious consequences for those arrested on drunk driving charges and after 1999 those consequences became even more severe due to the Governor's DWI Initiative.

What are the consequences of underage driving while intoxicated?

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.

North Carolina authorities plan DUI/DWI checkpoints for holidays

Several North Carolina agencies are banding together this summer in an attempt to keep drunk drivers off the roads and off the waterways, especially during holidays like this weekend's Memorial Day. This year marks the fourth consecutive time authorities are holding the campaign titled "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive." Participating agencies include the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Alcohol Law Enforcement division and the Wildlife Resources Commission.

St. Patrick's Day checkpoint surprises Wilson, NC, residents

Injuries and deaths due to drunk drivers and unsafe motor vehicle practices are a tragedy in many ways, but especially because they are preventable. Local, state, and national law enforcement agencies understand that lives can be saved each year by stemming the tide of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and many of them are proactive in their efforts to reduce the number of DUI/DWI incidents within their jurisdictions.

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