Driving While Impaired or DWI charge offense information for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Opioids and DWI in NC

Driving Under the Influence of Opioids Spikes   More than two million Americans are addicted to, or abuse opioids. Opioids are a class of drugs which include illegal drugs such as heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers legally prescribed by treating physicians, such as, among others, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and…

Searches and Seizures

Fourth Amendment Rights The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.…

DWI vs DUI North Carolina

Distinction Between DUI and DWI DUI designates driving under the influence, while DWI refers to driving while intoxicated.  However, North Carolina’s Safe Roads Act of 1983 repealed previous laws on drunk driving and placed all drug and alcohol related driving laws under a single offense, which is driving while impaired (DWI). BAC Blood alcohol concentration—or…

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Retrograde Extrapolation and Expert Testimony

The Court of Appeals issued an opinion today which involved the issue of retrograde extrapolation and expert testimony. The court applied the Daubert standard for expert testimony under the amended Rule 702. However, its conclusion in allowing the expert testimony did not differ significantly from the standard previously used under Howerton. In State v. Turbyfill,…

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14 DWI Arrests at Weekend Raleigh Checkpoint

Fourteen people were arrested for impaired driving at a checkpoint in Raleigh this weekend. The checkpoint was held from 11 p.m. Friday night until 2 a.m. Saturday morning. In addition to the 14 arrests for DWI, there were also 4 driving-while-license revoked charges, 2 other traffic charges, 5 drug charges, and 2 DWI-related vehicle seizures.…

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Fourth of July Campaign Results in Many DWI Arrests

The Charlotte Observer reports that a law enforcement campaign over the Fourth of July weekend resulted in the arrest of 42 impaired drivers in a nine-county area around and including Mecklenburg County. There were also many citations issued for driver’s license violations, seat belt violations, and registration violations. During this campaign, more than 400 drivers…