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Stricter consequences for repeat DWI offenders passed in NC House

Posted on April 1st, 2015 No Comments

State lawmakers in the North Carolina House of Representatives passed two bills that seek to give more teeth to existing drunken driving laws, WMFY News 2 reported on March 11.

At present, the legal blood-alcohol content limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08 while repeat drunken drivers are limited to a blood alcohol content of 0.04. HB 31 is proposing that the legal blood alcohol content limit for repeat drunken driving offenders be reduced to 0.00.

If a person who has been previously charged with a drunken driving offense is caught with any alcohol in his system at all, he stands to lose his driver’s license.

Representative Susi Hamilton (Democrat of District 18, Brunswick/New Hanover) said that losing even one person to someone who drives under the influence is unacceptable, and it is time to “strengthen our laws and plug holes where they may exist.”

HB 31 passed the House by a vote of 110 to 4.

If you let our attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black fight your driving while impaired charge in Raleigh or other areas in North Carolina, there is a chance that you might get a reduced sentence for your troubles. Call our offices today at 919-600-4609.

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Ravens drop player arrested for Charlotte DWI, speeding

Posted on March 18th, 2015 No Comments

On Saturday, February 28, Twenty-two-year-old Baltimore Ravens defensive-back Victor Hampton was taken into police custody on driving while impaired charges in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to preliminary investigations, a trooper spotted a convertible Camaro going 100 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 77 north near Westinghouse Boulevard at around 12:26 a.m. The trooper asked Hampton to step out of the vehicle and perform a field sobriety test. It was later discovered that Hampton’s blood alcohol level was at 0.10, which is above the legal limit in North Carolina at 0.08.

With this turn of events, Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said the team dropped Hampton from their official list of players last Monday, March 2.

Consequences can be steep for drinking and driving charges. However, Law Office of Jim Black in Raleigh has experience developing successful strategies aimed at reducing or eliminating the charges brought against our clients. Call us today at 919-600-4609 to learn more about your options.

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Raleigh police charge local man with DWI

Posted on March 4th, 2015 No Comments

Members of the Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina charged 40-year-old local Luis Servin with driving while impaired after he crashed off the roadway along the 6300 block of Buffaloe Road, WTVD-TV reported on February 21.

The single-vehicle crash occurred at around 3:40 a.m.

According to preliminary investigations made by police investigators, Servin was operating a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck when he suddenly lost control of the wheel, causing his vehicle to jump off the roadway and crash into trees before eventually coming to a stop at an embankment. Servin was brought to WakeMed with allegedly serious injuries, although details of his condition were not reported.

Buffaloe Road was closed to public traffic for three hours while the police investigated the scene of the accident.

If you have been charged with driving while impaired in Raleigh, the defense attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black may work diligently on your behalf for the reduction or altogether elimination of the charges against you. Call our offices at 919-600-4609 today to begin taking action to protect your future.

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Evidence thrown out in DWI case but woman’s license still revoked

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 No Comments

A three-judge panel at the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that evidence collected in an illegal search or seizure can still be used as evidence in civil proceedings such as license revocation hearings, Monitech reported on February 18.

This is the decision made by the court during the first week of February regarding Surry County resident Myra Lynne Combs’ case, who claims that the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles revoked her driver’s license illegally because her drunken driving case was already thrown out of court.

According to court records, Combs had been driving her vehicle when she was asked to step out by a Mount Airy police officer in 2013 on suspicion of drunken driving.

A Surry County judge declared the traffic stop and vehicle search unconstitutional, paving the way for the court to allow the suppression of evidence in her case. However, Combs’ license was still revoked after she failed a sobriety test and exhibited signs of intoxication, according to the police report.

If you have been arrested for driving while impaired in North Carolina, there is a possibility that you may face jail time and incur hefty fines. Fight against these charges by enlisting the help of a Raleigh DWI defense attorney at the Law Office of Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.

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Woman faces $1.1M bail in Wake County DWI accident

Posted on February 5th, 2015 No Comments

Twenty-three-year-old Kiera Jo Sprouse’s bail recently jumped to $1.1 million, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Sprouse hit the back of a motorcycle driven by Thomas John Anstey on I440 shortly after midnight Tuesday, January 20. Anstey died in the crash. Sprouce is now facing several charges, including driving while impaired and felony death by motor vehicle. Prosecutors said that more charges may be brought against Sprouse in the near future. She is set to appear in court March 16.

Sprouse’s friend and roommate weighed in on the situation saying that she was a great friend that made a “horrible mistake that she is very sorry for.”

The Law Office of Jim Black in Raleigh understand that facing such charges can be incredibly intimidating. But, luckily, you don’t have to face them alone. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for your rights and your freedom in DWI cases. Call our offices at (919) 600-4609 as soon as possible.

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North Carolina amends rules on DWI imprisonment

Posted on January 19th, 2015 No Comments

North Carolina is changing its rules regarding incarceration procedures for individuals who committed driving while impaired offenses and were sentenced to spend time in jail, WBTW reported on January 2.

Before the start of this year, someone who was sentenced for a DWI would likely serve time in a state prison, but with these new laws, that same person can instead be incarcerated in a county jail.

Major George Kenworthy, who hails from the Robeson County Detention Center, noted that DWI offenders should not take delight because of this recent development.

He said being transferred from a state prison to a county jail does not necessarily mean a lighter sentence, and the new rules were just established to free up space in state prisons for criminals who have been convicted of far more violent crimes.

We at the Law Office of Jim Black in Raleigh defense those who have been accused of alcohol-related crimes, such as driving while intoxicated. Our attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to fight on your behalf against the charges laid against you. Call us at 919-600-4609 today.

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DWI fatalities in North Carolina fewer in 2014 than in 2013

Posted on January 7th, 2015 No Comments

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that the number of people who died due to alcohol-related crashes in the state were fewer in 2014 as compared to the number of fatalities in 2013.

Out of the 5,460 alcohol-related crashes investigated by the Highway Patrol in 2014, 181 people perished. In 2013, the fatality rate was at 228 people.

State Highway Patrol commander, Colonel Bill Grey, said they will work full force to prevent incidents of DWI in North Carolina roads by fervently implementing drunken driving laws. In fact, state patrol troopers made 20,012 DWI arrests during the whole of 2014, which may have contributed to the decrease of alcohol-related driving accidents.

The legal team at the Law Office of Jim Black understands how commonly DWI charges are handed out by police, who may be over-zealous in their efforts to make roads safe. Whatever your situation, contact our offices in Raleigh at 919-600-4609 today to enlist the help of an experienced, diligent DWI defense attorney.

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Raleigh mom faces court over crash that killed son

Posted on December 16th, 2014 No Comments

Forty-nine-year-old Raleigh resident Laura Smith, who was accused of drunk driving in the single-vehicular accident that claimed the life of her son, appeared in court on November 20 after being released from the hospital where she was receiving treatment, WTVD reported.

According to Raleigh police, Smith was driving over the speed limit and under the influence of alcohol when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree on Creedmoor Road, killing her 12-year-old son Anthony. Smith is facing charges of driving while intoxicated, felony death by motor vehicle, and exceeding a safe speed. Her bond was set at $150,000.

Smith was hospitalized from the October wreck to November 19. Her attorney pleaded that more than anything, Smith needs medical treatment.

The effects of a drunk driving accident in Raleigh can be severe, affecting your life for years to come. You do not have to face the intimidating legal process alone, however, as a Raleigh DWI defense attorney may advocate for your rights and interests. Call the Law Office of Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today to learn more about your options.

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Bus driver in Wake County charged with DWI

Posted on December 1st, 2014 No Comments

Sixty-three-year-old Garner, North Carolina resident Donnie Lee Ballentine, a bus driver for the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, was suspended from his post after being charged with driving while intoxicated on his day off, an Associated Press article reported on November 18.

According to local media stations, Ballentine was apprehended by the police on the Saturday afternoon of November 15.

Ballentine confessed that he struck an oncoming vehicle while he was turning into a driveway. Instead of checking the condition of the other driver, Ballentine parked his car and entered his home, local officials reported. A breathalyzer test placed his BAC at .16.

If you have failed a Breathalyzer test or have been charged with driving while impaired in Raleigh, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced DWI attorney who can work to protect your rights and reputation. Call the Law Office of Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today to learn more.

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UNC running back Romar Morris suspended for DWI

Posted on November 18th, 2014 No Comments

Twenty-two-year-old UNC running back Romar Morris was suspended for one game after getting arrested and being charged with driving while impaired on November 2, the News Observer reported.

A police officer with the Chapel Hill Police Department took Morris into custody at around 4:12 a.m. near his home address of 110 Misty Woods Circle. He had been driving a 2001 Honda Accord at the time. According to Morris’s arrest report, he was released to an unnamed sober person on the condition that he will appear in court.

His coach, Larry Fedora, said all football players on the Tarheels team are held accountable for their actions.

When you are facing charges of this nature, it is imperative to quickly enlist the help of an experienced lawyer. Jim Black, an attorney in Raleigh who handles driving while impaired cases, is capable of creating a strong defense for his clients who are charged with this offense. To protect your reputation and your future, call his offices today at 919-600-4609.

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