Slow down, sober up, and be safe this Memorial Day Weekend. North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Durham and Raleigh Police, and Wake and Durham Sheriffs will be out monitoring the roads closely.
Officers will be looking for speeders, expired registrations, illegal mufflers, and drunk drivers. If your registration is expired, get your car inspected as soon as possible. You do not have to go to the DMV to renew your registration; you can do it online at the NC DMV. Print your receipt or at least save it on your phone to show an officer that you are in compliance in case you are pulled over.
Do you have a track record of speeding? If so, then you truly need to be cautious and slow down — you could lose your license if you accumulate 12 points. Additionally, if you are caught and a high speed, even if you have never been pulled over before, you could lose your license. If you are pulled over for speeding, be sure to be polite and cooperative — many officers will note this on a traffic citation, and it may help your case. Above all, do NOT pay your citation online without consulting an attorney in your county first. You may inadvertently lose your license if your ticket is not reduced.
And of course, please do not drive drunk. It is not worth your life or someone else’s. If you are pulled over for suspicion of intoxicated driving, you have the right to refuse roadside tests, such as the walk and turn, one leg stand, and the portable breath test. But, if you refuse the actual breathalyzer, you will automatically lose your license for one year. Make sure to politely ask the the officer which test he is asking you to take.
If you do receive a citation this Memorial Day Weekend in Raleigh or Durham, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Guirguis Law at (919) 832-0500 for a free consultation on your infraction or misdemeanor charge.
The lawyers at Guirguis Law cover all areas of Wake and Durham County, including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Bahama, Brier Creek, Raleigh, Holly Springs, and Garner.