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Bills filed seeking the increase of North Carolina DWI penalties

Posted on February 25th, 2013 No Comments

North Carolina legislators have introduced a slew of bills that would enforce tougher penalties on drunken driving, with the goal of getting such drivers off the road.

House Bill 43 would require convicted driving while impaired (DWI) offenders to install ignition interlock devices, which tests a driver’s breath-alcohol content and keeps vehicles from being operational if the driver fails to pass such test, before they can get their licenses back.

House Bill 41would mandate that drivers with a previous DWI conviction can be charged with DWI should sobriety tests declare presence of even the slightest alcohol content.

House Bills 31 and 42 seek to reduce the number of required convictions to charge someone with habitual impaired driving, a Class F felony carrying a one-year prison sentence, to two DWI convictions in a span of 10 years from the currently mandated three DWI convictions.

Raleigh Rep. Darren Jackson was the primary sponsor of three of these bills.

Being convicted of a DWI in North Carolina can carry substantial penalties. As such, when you are facing such a charge, it is in your best interest to talk with a DWI attorney from the Law Office of Jim Black about creating a strong defense. Call 919-600-4609 to learn about what actions you can take today.

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