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What Is the Penalty for Driving Without a License in North Carolina?

Every driver in North Carolina must have a valid driver’s license to legally operate a motor vehicle. Driving without a license, or on a suspended, revoked, or expired license, is a crime that can come with charges and penalties. Although limited exceptions to the rule exist, for the most part driving without a license will have negative conseque...
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What Is a Level 5 DWI in North Carolina?

A driving while impaired (DWI) charge in North Carolina can come after any driver operates a vehicle under the influence of a substance that compromises driving ability, such as drugs or alcohol. The most common reason for a DWI is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher for the standard driver, 0.04% for a commercial driver, o...
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What Is the Difference Between DUI and DWI in North Carolina?

Some states use driving under the influence (DUI) to refer to the crime of drunk driving, while others use driving while impaired (DWI). Still others use both, but each refers to a different type of drunk driving crime. In North Carolina, the law does not differentiate between DUI and DWI. They are the same crime within state lines. However, the le...
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How Long Can Police Hold You?

If you or a loved one have experienced being arrested, you know how stressful, trying, and difficult it can be for an individual and his or her family. However, police can also detain individuals without making an arrest. Many people do not know how long they can legally be held in law enforcement custody. That length of time varies depending on ...
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What Is Reasonable Suspicion?

You have likely heard of reasonable suspicion but many individuals can benefit from understanding it in more depth – particularly if they are put in a situation of interacting with law enforcement officers. Reasonable suspicion is a legal standard by which officers are allowed to ask questions of and frisk an individual they have reason to believ...
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