Drunk driving charges require criminal defense protections. In a North Carolina community east of the Asheville area, a police officer was recently charged with driving while impaired and hit and run after a vehicle he owns was allegedly found with wreck damage to it. According to a release from the police department, authorities received a call about an abandoned vehicle that appeared wrecked. Police officers responded to the vehicle and determined it belonged to the police office who was later arrested for DWI.
This blog recently discussed the importance of knowing how to challenge certain tests related to drunk driving charges. It is also important for individuals accused of DWI in North Carolina to understand what that charge means and know how to protect themselves.
It is important to know that although they are used to charge accused individuals with driving while impaired, field sobriety tests and other tests can be challenged. For instance, it may be possible to challenge that the field sobriety test was not properly administered or that the police officer administering it was not properly qualified to administer it. This is also true of a breath test.
Drunk driving charges in North Carolina can result in both criminal penalties and administrative consequences, which means accused individuals may face jail time and the potential loss of their driver's license in addition to other possible penalties and consequences. Accused individuals can also be left with a criminal record, which is why it is important for them to know their options when mounting a defense to drunk driving charges.