Laws on driving while intoxicated (DWI) in North Carolina rank among the strictest in the nation. One of these laws, dubbed ‘Laura’s Law’, which went into effect fully on Dec. 1, 2012 after some revisions, expands the sanctions and monitoring requirements of repeat DWI offenders. The law is named after 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry, who lost her life after a three-time offender hit her car in 2010.
Laura’s Law is designed to severely punish offenders who have been convicted of their third DWI in seven years. This includes offenders who had their driver’s license revoked due to prior DWI convictions at the time of the third DWI arrest, and those who were traveling with an underage or mentally or physically handicapped individuals.
Under the law, those convicted of a DWI crime will face up to three years in prison. After the sentence is served, the offender is required to abstain from all types of alcohol for a specified period. An optional probation period will take effect only after the offender has served at least 120 days in jail. In addition, the offender will be made to wear an ankle bracelet monitoring device for the duration of his probationary period, and his license will be revoked permanently.
Due to the gravity of the consequences, cases that fall under Laura’s Law must require an aggressive defense. Consult a skillful DWI attorney about the aggressive strategy you need to take.
Seth Blum is an experienced DWI attorney in Raleigh, NC. To contact him please call 919-832-7700 or visit www.KurtzandBlum.com