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NC DWI Drivers May See New, Stricter Laws

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NC car accident injury lawyersThe North Carolina (NC) General Assembly increased penalties on repeat DUI and DWI offenders.  The bill comes at the behest of Michelle Armstrong, whose 17-year-old daughter was killed on July 25, 2010, when she got into an accident with a car driven by a driver with multiple convictions for driving while intoxicated. The driver is now awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge for the crash. At the time of the accident, he was on probation for a previous DWI conviction.

Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, filed the bill, which increases the minimum sentence for  repeat offenders from 30 days to 120 days. It also increases the maximum penalty from eight months to three years, and fines would be increased from $4,000 to $10,000.Our deepest sympathies are the mother of the victim at this time, as well as with anyone who knows the anguish that comes when losing a loved one to drunk driving. We are heartened by this bill, however, because it is truly an idea whose time has come. DWI and DUI offenses need to punished more severely in order to prevent fatal and injurious accidents.

If you lost someone close to you because of a drunk driver, contact our firm to discuss your case. Criminal court is not the only place that such a driver can be held responsible for their actions. We may be able to obtain compensation for you in civil court as well, paying for injuries you received in an accident, or the wrongful death of your family member.

 

Richard N. Shapiro
North Carolina Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Rated as a Best Lawyer for Injury Law
1 Comments:
We need to put these repeat offenders of the highways by enforcing new stricter dwi laws that's for sure.. death or injury caused by a drunk driver should never to tolerated,, one needs to take into consideration of some one near and dear to him/her only then will one be able to feel that the law should be tougher,,, like a Three Strikes,,, You're Out!
Posted by Long Nguyen on April 19, 2011 at 01:39 PM

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