Drunk Driving and Sobriety Checkpoints: What are My Rights?

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To combat drunk driving, sobriety checkpoints are becoming a standard fixture in North Carolina. Law enforcement is working hard to combat the number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths — and rightfully so. With more than 4,102 deaths from 2003 to 2012 caused by drunken drivers, the state should create measures to prevent further losses. However, implementing the use of sobriety … Read More

4 Alcohol-Related Violations That Can Get You into Some Serious Trouble

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Alcohol and alcohol-related violations have been a hot topic of debate for almost 200 years. The prohibition movement officially began in the 1820s, but the debate was especially intense during the early part of the twentieth century, with Prohibition becoming law in 1920. In 1933, a Constitutional amendment ended Prohibition, but some states refused to lift the band until decades … Read More

4th Of July DWIs—3 Steps To Take If You Were Pulled Over

July 4th weekend is worrisome for law enforcement officers across the country. In fact, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July 4th has held the record of deadliest holiday between 2000 and 2009 because of DWIs. Thankfully, this July 4th weekend has been one of the least deadly in North Carolina. Authorities report that while DWI … Read More

DWI’s and Fatal Accidents in North Carolina


On March 11, 2015, there was a fatal car crash in Durham, NC that resulted in the death of one person and the injury of three others. According to a news report posted by WNCN on March 12, 2015, three cars were involved in the crash and the man accused of causing the accident was found to have been driving … Read More

Arrested for DWI? Here’s What You Should Know

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According to the CDC, more than 1.4 million people were arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2010. That number is a mere 1% of the 112 million reported episodes of impaired driving for the same year. If you’ve recently been arrested for DWI, the first thing you need to do is obtain legal representation. Your attorney will act on behalf … Read More

Halloween DWI

Halloween DWI Defense Each Haloween people are charged with DWI. Durham criminal defense lawyer John Fitzpatrick has helped countless people after being arrest for driving drunk. There will be sobriety checkpoints in Durham and across the triangle. In other states law enforcement call DWI roadblocks. North Carolina law enforcement will have extra officers working, in addition to these deterrents. The officers will be looking for drivers who’s driving shows … Read More