SFST

How can I avoid a DWI arrest?

I’ve written elsewhere about the top 5 ways to beat a DWI charge and about how North Carolina DWI laws have gotten harsher and harsher over time. Let me reiterate a few key points. First, while it is not illegal to drink and drive – so long as you are not impaired, if there is…

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HGN Expert Testimony in North Carolina DWI Trials

Expert testimony, as I described in my previous post on this issue, is admissible under a hybrid rule in North Carolina articulated in Goode, Howerton, and related cases such as Ward. That three-part test is used for most expert testimony and, until 2006, for the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (HGN) used in many DWI prosecutions.…

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Top 10 Ways to Beat a DWI

Many people who come into our offices after having been charged or arrested for a Driving While Impaired (DWI) offense figure there’s a way to “beat” a DWI, and that if only they find a magic key, they’ll be sprung loose from the nightmare of a DWI conviction. It’s a nice thought, but there is…

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One Side of a Story

One of the unending frustrations of a criminal lawyer is watching his clients’ reputations being smeared in the media, among the clients’ friends or family, and with the clients’ employer. Unfortunately in our society, when someone is arrested, charged, or indicted, people assume there must be some reason for the charge. This is a natural…

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SFSTs are part of North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) evaluated a variety of field sobriety tests to determine which ones were scientifically accurate. NHTSA identified the Southern California Research Institute as the center to conduct a thorough testing of the various field sobriety tests to determine which ones had the…

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How can a Raleigh DWI Lawyer help you?

If you’ve been stopped for a DWI or Drunk Driving offense, there are several important steps you can take to help yourself immediately. Call (919) 352-9411 to talk to a professional DWI lawyer in Raleigh. First, you may be able to get limited driving privileges as soon as 10 days after your arrest. Your DWI lawyer…

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Don’t Perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Too often people who encounter the police don’t understand that they have a right to remain silent. Police do not need to inform a person of these rights, unless police place the person into custody and wish to interrogate that person once in custody. Call a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer at (919) 352-9411 if you need someone…

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DWI: A Serious Offense, A Serious Lawyer

In North Carolina, a DWI conviction results in a revoked license, possible jail time, costly fines, and a tarnished record. The good news is that you have rights, rights as sacred as any principle under our Constitution. You deserve a lawyer who forces the State to prove every element of its case, as if your life depended upon it. And if the time ever comes when you might be found guilty, you need a lawyer who can plead for compassion…

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