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As we celebrate this symbolic day in the land of the free, pay no attention to fact that the Raleigh Police set up a DWI checkpoint on Saturday night in which every single driver was stopped and interrogated by the long arm of your local government without suspicion of any wrongdoing.

Twelve people were arrested for DWIs, despite, presumably, showing no indications of impairment in the manner of their driving.   Eight other individuals who were doing nothing whatsoever that should have warranted police intrusion were charged with drug crimes.

Their only mistake was living in a police state.

If you were charged with a crime following a checkpoint, call me.  I’ll fight it to the bitter end.


Criminal defense lawyer Ben Hiltzheimer is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, who represents individuals charged with DWIs and the full spectrum of misdemeanors and felonies. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation at (919) 899-9404.

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Ben is an experienced trial lawyer who earned his law degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was trained in trial practice at the nation’s preeminent Public Defender agency, the federally funded Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, described by United States Attorney General Eric Holder as “the best public defender office in the country.”

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