If you’ve been charged with a DWI in North Carolina, you will need to mount a powerful and skilled defense to make sure your rights and liberty are protected, while also taking responsibility for your actions. McGuire Law Firm takes cases in the Rockingham area, as well as cases from Charlotte and even Raleigh / Durham. We offer legal defense services for all criminal charges, including DWI. When mounting a defense, it is often the questions that are asked that make all the difference in the charges the district attorney settles on, as well as the eventual penalties. To learn some of the basic questions that need to be asked, keep reading.
Was the Traffic Stop Legal?
In order for any charge to be valid in the eyes of the law, the officer needs to have had justification to stop you. The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. This means that an officer of the law needs to have good reason to believe that the law has been broken to stop your vehicle. If no just cause existed, any charges stemming from the unlawful stop will be dismissed by the court. For this reason, the question of the legality of the traffic stop is a fundamental question and will be aggressively explored by McGuire Law Firm during your defense.
What Makes a Stop Justified?
You may be wondering then, what reasons qualify as just cause for a stop. The following are some just causes for an officer to pull you over: erratic driving, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, failing to stay in your lane, failure to use signals or headlights, a faded tag, and failure to wear a seatbelt.
If you have been charged with a DWI and need a defense lawyer, call McGuire Law Firm.