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Actor Arrested For DWI In North Carolina

On October 16, 2013, actor Christopher McDonald was arrested in Wilmington and charged with DWI. 

Mr. McDonald has appeared in various films, including Happy Gilmore, Thelma and Louise and Requiem for a Dream. When arrested at approximately 2:30 a.m., Mr. McDonald reportedly had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .15, almost twice the legal limit. Mr. McDonald was released after posting a $1,000 bond. 

Chemical tests and license suspension 

North Carolina is an implied consent state, meaning that a person who obtains a drivers’ license automatically gives consent for a peace officer to extract a breath sample to determine a person’s BAC level. In the event that the person refuses to give a sample, the state commences proceedings to suspend the person’s drivers’ license. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing, because the license suspension hearing can produce some very positive results on your behalf.  

A Greensboro criminal defense attorney can represent you at the suspension hearing. The license suspension hearing is an important part of your overall defense because: 

  • Your attorney has the right to cross-examine the arresting officer under oath and examine the state’s evidence against you, meaning that the license suspension hearing is essentially free discovery.
  • The hearing officer may find that there is a lack of evidence against you, or the officer may throw out the matter on a technicality.
  • There is no risk. The worst possible outcome is that your drivers’ license is suspended, which would have happened regardless of whether you requested the hearing. 

For a free consultation with an experienced DWI defense attorney, contact our office.

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