Carteret County BWI Lawyer
When considering criminal charges of DWI, many people assume that this only refers to motor vehicles on the many roadways that connect throughout the state. This, however, is untrue. In fact, according to the definitions laid out in §20‑4.01(49) of the 2009 North Carolina code, a vehicle is defined as any vehicle upon which a person or property can be transported – excluding those powered by humans or set exclusively on fixed tracks. In fact, in §20-138.1, when outlining DWI law, the only "vehicle" that is deemed as exempt is that of a horse.
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For this reason, those who are considered to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances are not exempt from the law when operating a boat on one of the state's waterways. In fact, due to the extenuating circumstances of being on a boat (such as the wind, sun and water), the effects of alcohol can actually seem more exaggerated and can cause a law enforcement officer to believe that the accused has actually consumed much more alcohol than they actually have.
Therefore, if you have recently been criminally charged with boating while impaired, it is not encouraged that you attempt to handle the case on your own. These cases can be complex and can easily spiral out of control. Having the legal experience of a knowledgeable Carteret County criminal defense lawyer can be the difference between successfully combating the charges and suffering the consequences, and it is therefore highly encouraged that immediate steps are taken to consult with a local firm that you can trust. At Cummings & Cummings, we are a local, family-run firm that knows both the laws and the courts in the area – we are prepared to fight for you.
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