DWI Arrest After Super Bowl Sunday

Posted by Josh Valentine | Feb 04, 2020

If you have any questions about a drunk driving arrest in North Carolina, contact Caulder & Valentine Law Firm, PLLC, for a consultation. 

Increased Patrols on Super Bowl Sunday

Police and law enforcement across North Carolina are no strangers to the partying habits of football fans on Super Bowl Sunday. The North Carolina Highway Patrol and other agencies are on high alert for the hours right around the end of the Super Bowl, as revelers start to head home and parties wind down. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), issued a notice about the problem of drunk driving around the Super Bowl. The NCHP sent out a tweet Sunday morning, “Our lineup is ready for the big game because everyone loses when you chose to drive while impaired.”

The police look for telltale signs of impairment, like weaving across lanes, sudden or delayed braking, or any traffic violation that could justify a traffic stop. Driving out of a parking lot without your headlights on, driving with a broken taillight, or failing to signal a lane change may be enough for the police to make a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, the police will look for any signs of impairment, including: 

  • Odor of alcohol on the driver's breath,
  • Slurring of speech or bloodshot eyes, 
  • Contradictory statements about where the driver was coming from or where they were headed, or
  • Open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. 

Before going to an event where you know you will be drinking alcohol, make sure to have a plan in place to get home safely. This could mean designating a sober driver, limiting your consumption to only a couple of drinks, or staying the night at a friend's house. However, if you were already arrested for driving while impaired (DWI), you should focus on what you can do to keep your driving privileges. 

Penalties for a North Carolina DWI Conviction

The penalties for a DWI depend on a number of factors, including prior DWI convictions, blood alcohol concentration (BAC), and whether anyone was injured in an accident. The minimum penalties for a first-offense DWI generally fall under a Level V misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $200 and a minimum jail sentence of 24 hours, up to a maximum of 60 days in jail. 

For many people, the hardest part of dealing with a DWI conviction is losing their driving privileges. All persons charged with a DWI who refuse to take a breath test or test with a BAC of 0.08 or more, will have their license revoked immediately for 30 days. 

North Carolina DWI Defense Attorneys

At Caulder & Valentine Law Firm, PLLC, we have helped drivers and their families deal with criminal driving charges to stay out of jail and keep their driver's license. Contact us today in Shelby for a consultation.

About the Author

Josh Valentine

You could say Josh has a God-given ability for sustaining long-term relationships. He and his wife first met in elementary school and went to Gardner Webb University (GWU) together, where they tied for number 1 in their class. Then, they both started law school on the same day of their graduation and got married during their first semester. He has also known his law partner Blake Caulder since Kindergarten. Theirs is the perfect partnership. “He’s the brake; I am the accelerator,” Josh says. Both Josh and his wife attended an innovative program at Charlotte Law School that allowed them to complete law school in two years instead of the typical three. His wife graduated and passed the North Carolina bar at age 20, becoming one of the youngest attorneys in the state. He readily admits she’s smarter than him. Of course, Josh went on to pass the North Carolina State Bar himself and later the South Carolina State Bar. While in school, he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and received accolades like Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society membership, Order of the Crown, Pro Bono Honors, CALI Awards (highest grade). In his career as a lawyer, he has been admitted to the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and completed training for DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Josh has also been named to the Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense by The National Trial Lawyers, the Business North Carolina 2019 Legal Elite for Criminal Defense, and the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018). Community involvement has been important to Josh all his life. In high school, he participated in building a Holocaust museum that has become internationally regarded. He and his wife are actively engaged in animal rescue, which currently means seven cats and two kittens. He served in prison ministry and assisted with fundraiser banquets there, and he provides pro bono and reduced fee legal services to those in need. As if all of that weren’t enough, Josh also mentors high risk youth and helps with his church’s youth group. He participates in other community volunteer projects involving construction, remodeling, drywall, painting, and landscaping. He’s an active student of the Bible and has traveled to Israel, Brazil, and Europe for mission work. No one can say Josh isn’t a well-rounded individual. In his spare time, he likes to play softball, basketball, and tennis, and he can play the piano and trombone. Sometimes on weekends, believe it or not, he enjoys pouring and finishing concrete with friends who own a concrete and grading business. In his law practice, Josh has made it a point to develop positive relationships with officers, clerks, and district attorneys, which has proven invaluable in delivering positive results for his clients. It’s important to him to both listen to his clients and fight for them. Law enforcement officers have important responsibilities to keep our communities safe and uphold the law, but one of the responsibilities of attorneys is to make sure officers do their job correctly. Josh considers it his job to hold them accountable for their actions. Josh is a person of deep faith. He knows that the established order of our universe and strength of America’s Judeo-Christian influenced court system is built on God’s word. His passion to serve each client with innovation, excellence and integrity is a byproduct of his faith. When asked why he became a lawyer, Josh says, “All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person who was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that’s why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through, and I’m here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.” Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Magna Cum Laude Class Rank – 21 of 328 Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review Certification and Concentration in Employment Law Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Order of the Crown Pro Bono Honors CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar