admitted to alcohol but was unconcerned as having had so little and time had passed. They tried to make me fail the field test but making me stand on one foot far too long and uneven surface. This is not right. I was not impaired. Had 4 wines beginning at 5. Was stopped at 10. Roadblock.
You need local counsel on this immediately. The DA's Office could potentially proceed with the charge under the appreciable impairment prong of the statute, which would mean that they could look to establish impairment by means other than a chemical test. They could also potentially seek to use an expert to show that your BAC level was higher at the time of the stop than at the time of the chemical test. Consult with an attorney immediately.
I don't practice in NC but most states also have a DUI statute that makes it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol regardless of your test result. This type of charge is harder to prove and requires the court/jury to consider the totality of the circumstances to determine if you were under the influence of alcohol at the time of driving. Best advice would be to consult with an experienced DUI attorney in your area. Good luck.
Attorney Meaney is correct.
I advise you to speak with and retain an experienced DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible. He or she will be able to take all the facts of the case and tell you how the law will be applied to those facts. Look for an attorney familiar with eth court where you are charged and with the prosecutor's office handling your case.
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