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Walk and Turn Test

Walk and Turn Test

What are SFST’s?  The Walk and Turn Dexterity Test Alcohol is referred to as an CNS Central Nervous System Depressant. Depressants slow down your body’s central nervous system, adversely affecting things like balance and the ability to focus. Police rely on what are referred to as SFST’s or Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to determine whether alcohol or other substances have...
Rising BAC DefenseRising BAC Defense

Rising BAC DefenseRising BAC Defense

What is Retrograde Extrapolation?  What is the Rising BAC Defense?  What is the Law in North Carolina? The concept of a Rising BAC Defense is largely eviscerated by these four words:  At Any Relevant Time – Bill Powers     NCGA Download Statute:  20-138.1 2017 DWI STATUTORY DEFINITION What Does “At Any Relevant Time Mean?”   Put simply, the purpose of such language is to...
Probable Cause

Probable Cause

The legal basis for an DWI stop, arrest, and detainment proceeding, normally the police officer must have either reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe criminal activity is “afoot.” The term “probable cause” has been traditionally related to when the police officer first pulled your vehicle over. That has recently changed in North Carolina, with the Supreme...
Open Container Laws

Open Container Laws

What are the Open Container Laws in North Carolina?  Is it a serious charge?  What are the Punishments? Open Container violations tend to be related with other, more serious, offenses like DWI – Bill Powers   Transporting Open Container VEHICLE Laws in North Carolina   If you were recently cited or arrested for an open container vehicle violation in the state of North Carolina,...
One Leg Stand Test

One Leg Stand Test

Have you recently been charged with DWI in North Carolina? Did a police officer ask you to perform a field sobriety test known as the one-leg stand?   Driving While Impaired cases are a perfect storm of Law, Science, and Technology – Bill Powers    While it may seem simple enough, performing field sobriety tests, in the “field,” can be substantially more difficult...
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