Son of North Carolina Sheriff accused of DWI
The Brunswick County Sheriff issued a press release Monday, indicating that the Sheriff’s eldest son was jailed over the weekend on suspicion of driving while impaired. The North Carolina Highway Patrol arrested the Sheriff’s eldest kid Saturday April 21. The Sheriff’s kid was processed at the Brunswick County Detention Center and apparently released into his father’s custody.
The Brunswick County Sheriff says in his press release that he takes an aggressive stand on drunk driving offenses and he applauded the Highway Patrol for handling the arrest of his son “like every other arrest.” While media reports do not describe what led to the original traffic stop or arrest, the media clearly indicates that the arrest was DWI related.
The news broke Monday morning of the incident after the Sheriff issued the press release. Star News reports that the Sheriff claims that his son will plead guilty to the DWI charge, stating that he prays that his son’s DWI arrest “will be a lesson that will enable him to make better decisions in the future.”
It is unclear whether the young man accused of North Carolina DWI charges will seek legal representation for advice on how to proceed in the face of DWI charges.
Many parents may have conflicting feelings when a child is brought into the criminal justice system. Pitt County DWI and underage drinking defense lawyers know that criminal charges can have certain direct consequences, but also know that long-term effects can haunt a student or other young adult down the road. This blog has discussed some of the collateral consequences that a criminal conviction for an alcohol-related offense can have on a young adult, including the effects on future job prospects.
It is important for those accused of a crime to consider speaking with an experienced Greenville DWI defense lawyer when facing criminal charges to learn what criminal defense options may be available in an individual case.
Source: Star News Online, “Brunswick sheriff’s son charged with DWI,” Jason Gonzales, April 23, 2012