Raleigh, N.C. (PRWEB) June 01, 2012
Raleigh DWI lawyer David Coolidge said today that drivers ensnared in the state’s ongoing “Click It or Ticket” campaign for any offense should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
“‘Click It or Ticket’ checkpoints are meant to police the use of seatbelts and child safety seats, but these checkpoints inevitably also lead to tickets and arrests for other charges,” said Coolidge, founder of the Wake County criminal defense law firm, The Coolidge Law Firm, whose Raleigh attorneys focus on DWI defense.
“In each instance, the person charged needs to be properly defended,” Coolidge said. “No matter the charge or the circumstances, it is a terrible mistake to face the possibility of criminal sanctions without a lawyer at your side.”
The statewide “Click It or Ticket” crackdown on motorists not wearing seat belts began May 21 and runs through June 3.
More than 12,223 drivers and passengers were cited by local and state law enforcement officers for seat belt and child passenger safety violations in the spring 2011 Click It or Ticket patrol.
But last year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign also resulted in 2,042 DWI arrests and 7,205 other criminal citations, including 1,478 drug-related charges, according to the Governors Highway Safety Program.
Coolidge, a Duke University School of Law graduate with an extensive misdemeanor and felony criminal practice in courts in the Raleigh area, said any time a person is arrested or ticketed, they should avail themselves of their right to legal representation.
“Facing the court with a vigorous criminal defense provided by an experienced attorney can be crucial to ensuring that a defendant gets the best possible outcome available to them,” Coolidge said.
There are many factors in an arrest that an experienced defense attorney can investigate and challenge in court, Coolidge added.
“Checkpoints are not always conducted properly, and the legality of checkpoints has been successfully challenged in court on a number of occasions,” the Raleigh DWI attorney said. “Each case is unique.”
Coolidge explained that criminal defense attorneys can work to avoid or mitigate criminal penalties on behalf of their clients.
“A drunk driving conviction, for instance, results in fines and jail time in some cases,” he said. “A strong DWI defense can help to reduce the penalty, even in the event of a guilty plea or verdict.”
A felony or misdemeanor conviction will have a serious impact on any defendant, and on their family’s well-being, Coolidge said.
“A person charged with a felony or misdemeanor in North Carolina needs to think about their future,” he said. “They should get in touch with a defense attorney who will fight for them.”
About The Coolidge Law Firm
The Wake County criminal defense attorneys of The Coolidge Law Firm provide skilled, experienced and aggressive legal representation to those throughout Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, Knightdale and other communities in Wake County and its surrounding area who have been charged with felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses. The firm’s practice areas include DUI / DWI, traffic violations, drug possession, sex crimes, student crimes, theft, robbery, violent crimes, domestic violence and probation and parole violations. The firm also represents those in criminal matters involving habitual felon status, motions for appropriate relief (MAR) and expungment. The Coolidge Law Firm is located at 2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 250, Raleigh, N.C., 27607. To learn more about The Coolidge Law Firm, call (919) 239-8448 any time of day, any day of the week or use the firm’s online form.