Johnston County Criminal Defense Attorney Says Those Swept Up in July "Booze It & Lose It" Campaign Should Seek Legal Help

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Michael J. Reece of Smithfield's Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, says criminal charges, including DWI, must be taken seriously in North Carolina.

Each case is unique and deserves a considered review by a defense attorney. Each defendant has a right to, and deserves, a proper and zealous defense.

Anyone cited or arrested in North Carolina’s July 4 holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign should seek legal representation as soon as possible, Johnston County criminal defense and traffic law attorney Michael J. Reece said today.

“No one should ever enter a courtroom to face any matter, large or small, without legal representation,” said Reece of the Smithfield criminal defense firm of Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law. “Attorneys are there to put their skill and experience to use to make sure their client’s rights are protected and the best possible outcome is achieved in the case.”

North Carolina law enforcement agencies operated more than 2,357 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols statewide during “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” June 29 through July 8, according to a N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) news release.

The DOT said that 24,417 citations for traffic and criminal violation were issued statewide during Operation Firecracker. They included 829 driving while impaired (DWI) charges, 1,766 seat belt violations and 300 child passenger safety violations.

In Johnston County, citations for 542 traffic and criminal violations were issued. These included 18 DWI charges, 19 seat belt violations, 180 speeding tickets, 25 driving while license revoked (DWLR) violations, 13 drug violations and 139 other criminal violations.

Reece, who defends residents of Smithfield, Benson, Clayton and elsewhere in Johnston County against criminal charges, said there are many factors about an arrest or ticket issued at a checkpoint that should be reviewed and possibly challenged in court.

“It is certainly not unheard of for mistakes to be made in the setup and execution of checkpoints and in subsequent arrests, and those mistakes can impact people’s rights,” Reece said. “Each case is unique and deserves a considered review by a defense attorney. Each defendant has a right to, and deserves, a proper and zealous defense.”

Reece said a felony or misdemeanor conviction can be detrimental to any defendant and the defendant’s family. He said any charge should be taken seriously.

“For example, drunk driving – or DUI or DWI – may cost a fine and could even require time in jail,” he said. “Regardless of the charge, it is crucial to have a lawyer by one’s side that will be focused on protecting the client’s rights and their very freedom.”

About Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law

Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, is a Johnston County criminal defense law firm that represents in-state and out-of-state clients Smithfield, Benson, Clayton, Archer Lodge, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Wilson's Mill and surrounding areas in Johnston County. The firm’s practice areas include speeding, DWI / DUI, reckless driving, suspended license, minor traffic infractions, felony defense, misdemeanor defense, drug possession and probation violations. Reece & Reece has experience representing criminal defendants at both the trial and appellate court levels. The firm’s office is located at 121 S. Third Street, Smithfield, N.C., 27577. To learn more, call (919) 300-1249 or use the firm’s online form.

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