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Hey, slow down! The radar gun evidence isn't infallible

It's easy to lose track of your speed when you drive around with your college buddies. Before you know it, you could find yourself handing your license and registration to the police officer holding the radar gun a few miles back that you failed to see. Did the officer give you a speeding ticket? Don't be in a hurry to pay it, especially if you received your ticket based on a radar gun. Those devices aren't infallible.

Many people who get speeding tickets simply pay them without giving them a second thought. However, depending on how fast the radar gun said you were going, a significant amount of points could end up on your license. If you accumulate too many points, you could discover that you could lose your license for a period of time.

I lost my driving privileges. What are my legal options?

Losing your driving privileges is more than just an inconvenience. It can have a direct impact on your job, your ability to have an active role in your kids' lives and your overall quality of life. If you lost your license as the result of a drunk driving offense in North Carolina, you would be wise to seek legal counsel regarding the best way for you to protect your rights and restore your driving privileges.

A license suspension is a disruption of your life. If you cannot drive, you may have trouble getting to work, picking your kids up and going back and forth to school. Fortunately, even after a license suspension, you may be able to apply for limited driving privileges.

How far can police go when they pull you over?

The reasons are not always evident why a police officer may want to search your car during a routine traffic stop. It may be that your car or clothing match the description of someone wanted for a crime. It could be the officer thinks you are acting suspiciously even though you may simply be nervous. Or the officer may want to search your car because you are young, and that alone may raise an unreasonable level of mistrust.

If a police officer doesn't have probable cause, he or she needs one of two things to search your vehicle: a warrant or your permission. Without probable cause, it's not likely a judge will issue a warrant. This is why the police will take advantage of your nervousness to trick you into giving them permission to search your vehicle.

Beware: alcohol-related risks on your college campus

Whether you're in your first or final year of college, you've probably already learned many new things since arriving at your North Carolina campus. Hopefully, you've made some new friends and have progressed toward your goal of earning a degree in a particular field of study. If you're involved in your school's sports program or other extracurricular activities, you've likely been able to call home to share various stories of excitement and success.

A drug conviction can seriously impact your college goals

You probably looked forward to college for a number of reasons. Certainly, you had a plan for your future, and the degree you would earn is imperative to reaching your goals. However, no doubt you also anticipated the friends, the freedom and the parties that college promised.

Unfortunately, friends and parties may have not only jeopardized your future, they may have jeopardized your freedom. You realized this when the police arrested you on drug charges.

Hi Mom, it's me and I'm in jail

Having to make this type of phone call is probably the last thing you want to do while you're home from school for the holidays. While this may be true, you're probably just like hundreds of other college students in North Carolina who are looking forward to hanging out with friends, maybe watching a game, eating some hot wings or having a few cold beers.

It's all good, although you might want to think ahead so the latter does not lead to the former. For starters, did you know there are certain days designated as the most dangerous travel days in the nation?

What is auto-brewery syndrome?

For some people, drunk driving can be a more common problem than for others. North Carolina drivers suffering from auto-brewery, or gut fermentation, syndrome can become intoxicated without ever drinking alcohol. It may sound impossible, but this condition has been discovered in extremely rare circumstances and is being studied increasingly as more people realize their bodies may be producing alcohol in their guts.

How mixing alcohol with medications can affect you

While you may have all the best intentions of avoiding being impaired behind the wheel, sometimes simple mistakes can leave you more intoxicated than you realize. One common example is when drivers accidentally mix prescription drugs with alcohol.

4 Things You Need To Know About Drug Charges

Just about everyone has heard that terms "drug possession" and "drug trafficking." However, people might not know exactly what those terms mean until they are facing drug charges themselves.

While finding a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney is an important step that anyone facing drug charges should consider, it's also crucial to understand what got you to this point -- and how you might be able to minimize the consequences. Here are four basic things to know regarding drug laws in the U.S. and North Carolina.

Will a DWI charge ruin my chance at graduate school?

Looking into your rearview mirror and seeing the flashing red lights of a police officer can make your heart sink. The drawn out process of getting arrested for a DWI will give you plenty of time to consider how this night can affect the rest of your life. Graduate school is an essential step in many young adult's careers and one night's mistake shouldn't have to ruin your future. Unfortunately a DWI can follow you around for a long time so it is important to understand the repercussions and how to better your chances at getting into the graduate school you were looking forward to.

The North Carolina justice system does not take DWI's lightly. If you are under 21 then any amount of alcohol in your system while operating a vehicle can result in a DWI. You can get your license suspended for a period of 30 days and then 1 year thereafter. If you are older than 21 then you can get your license suspended for up to a year for the first offense.

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