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DWI Substance Abuse Assessments and Treatment in NC

If you are convicted of a DWI (driving while impaired) in North Carolina, you will be required to obtain a substance abuse assessment from a local service provider, and complete the recommended treatment or education, in order to get your driver’s license reinstated.  In fact, if you want to get a limited driving privilege during the initial suspension of...

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When a Traffic Stop Leads to a DWI Investigation: Know Your Rights, Part 4

I discussed previously the rights a North Carolina driver has to refuse to 1) answer any questions during a DWI (driving while impaired) stop/investigation, 2) refuse to participate in any field sobriety tests, and 3) refuse to blow into the portable, handheld breathalyzer unit that officers often carry in their squad cars (in NC, this is the Alco-Sensor device). All...

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When a Traffic Stop Leads to a DWI Investigation: Know Your Rights, Part 3

Continued from previous post: Rule #3: You do not have to blow into a portable/handheld breathalyzer unit, and you almost certainly should not. Many people mistakenly believe that if an officer asks an individual suspected of driving while impaired, or driving after drinking alcohol, that the driver is required to blow into the portable breathalyzer on the scene.  In...

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When a Traffic Stop Leads to a DWI Investigation: Know Your Rights, Part 2

Continuing from the previous post on your rights during a DWI stop and investigation, in which you may be suspected of driving while impaired or other alcohol-related driving offenses. Rule #2: You do not have to participate in any field sobriety tests, and you almost certainly should not. Many people mistakenly believe that they have no choice but to...

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When a Traffic Stop Leads to a DWI Investigation: Know Your Rights, Part 1

There are many misconceptions regarding the rights of a driver who is stopped in Raleigh or elsewhere in Wake County (or anywhere in North Carolina), in a case in which a routine traffic stop escalates into an investigation for DWI (Driving While Impaired) or related drunk driving offense.  I’ll break this down into some basic rules, over a series...

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Experience & Results

Attorney Ben Hiltzheimer has over a decade of litigation experience on cases ranging from DWIs and drug cases to complex felonies including armed robbery, sex offenses, and first degree murder.   Hiltzheimer has a reputation as a fierce advocate, with a track record of achieving excellent results in front of judges and juries.

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