Johnston County DWI Lawyer says Fewer ‘Booze It & Lose It’ Arrests a Positive Sign, but DWI Charge Still Serious for Those Cited

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Michael J. Reece of Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law in Smithfield says every DWI defendant needs a lawyer to fully examine their case and offer zealous legal advocacy on their behalf.

Every DWI defendant’s case should be fully examined by a legal advocate who is working to protect that defendant’s rights and interests.

Johnston County DWI lawyer Michael J. Reece said today that the relatively low number of DWI arrests in the state’s most recent “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is encouraging, but he reminded those arrested that they face a serious charge that requires a proper legal defense.

“The state’s recently released numbers for the October ‘Booze It & Lose It’ campaign show fewer DWI arrests statewide and in Johnston County than occurred in the 2011 Halloween campaign, which is a good sign for everyone,” said Reece of the Smithfield criminal defense law firm of Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law.

“With that said, anyone arrested in the recent campaign needs to make sure their rights are protected when they go to court,” he said.

Reece is a Smithfield criminal defense and traffic law attorney who has dedicated his entire legal career to practicing criminal law in Johnston County, including providing legal representation to those charged with driving while impaired (DWI).

The statewide Booze It & Lose It law enforcement campaign ran Oct. 26 to 31. State Highway Patrol troopers and local police arrested 729 motorists for DWI, Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a recent news release.

In Johnston County, 17 DWI arrests were made during the 2012 Halloween Booze It & Lose It. In a similar campaign in 2011, there were 24 Johnston County DWI arrest and 758 statewide, according to N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) records.

Statewide this year, law enforcement officers issued citations to a total of 24,363 motorists, which included charges for 1,377 safety belt and 272 child passenger safety violations, 6,465 speeding violations and 758 drug offenses.

Reece said North Carolina motorists should be aware of the state’s aggressive efforts to eliminate driving while impaired.

“In addition to stiff penalties for a DWI conviction, the state’s law enforcement community conducts multiple Booze It & Lose It programs, including one coming up for Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 19 to 25) and an extended effort for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays (Dec. 7 to Jan. 2),” Reece said.

A DWI conviction in North Carolina can result in a fine, loss of driving privileges and possible jail time, Reece noted.

“A DWI charge is a serious matter,” Reece said. “But like any criminal charge, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

“Every DWI defendant’s case should be fully examined by a legal advocate who is working to protect that defendant’s rights and interests. Anyone arrested for drinking and driving needs to engage an experienced DWI attorney right away.”

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 throughout Johnston County and its surrounding areas, including Smithfield, Benson, Clayton, Archer Lodge, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma and Wilson's Mill. 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, NC 27577. To learn more, call (919) 300-1249 or use the firm’s online form.

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