Any criminal charge can subject a person to potential consequences if a conviction is entered. But, in some circumstances a new criminal charge can create legal issues more immediately for a defendant. For instance, most people are probably aware that a new charge for a person on probation involves the potential not only for legal issues surrounding the new charge, but legal issues surrounding the previous case for which the person is serving probation.
A recent story from Carteret County, North Carolina shows a different situation where a new criminal charge can cause issues with a previous charge. A 28-year-old Swansboro, North Carolina was charged with driving while impaired and two counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle after a motor vehicle accident was reported in Cape Carteret, North Carolina in April.
In the prior issue, authorities claim that the woman lost control of her Dodge van on North Carolina 24. The van reportedly crossed over the center line and eventually went into a roll, according to police. The woman’s four children and an adult passenger were injured.
The woman posted bond and was released pending further proceedings in the DWI case. Saturday, Morehead City Police arrested the woman on suspicion of shoplifting at a Walmart store. The woman was brought in this week into Carteret County Superior Court for a hearing in the earlier DWI case. The judge increased bond in the April DWI case to ,000. The 28-year-old mother is being held under the increased bond in the Carteret County Jail.
Source: Jacksonville Daily News, “Bond increased for mom accused in DWI case after shoplifting charge,” Jannette Pippin, June 6, 2013