Charlotte Traffic Citations and Arrests Increase

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

As part of North Carolina's "Booze It & Loose It" campaign, Charlotte Mecklenburg County Police increased their patrol during Labor Day weekend. Mecklenburg County officers issued more citations and arrests than any other county in the state. Other counties falling within the Top Five were the Wake, Forsyth, Guilford, and Onslow counties. Mecklenburg County also led the state in the number of DWI / DUI charges with Wake County, Hanover, Guildford, and Robeson following.

Mecklenburg County was second in issuing speeding tickets. Within Charlotte's surrounding vicinity, Cabarrus County issued the second largest amount of traffic tickets and citations, as well as the second largest amount of DWI / DUI arrests.

These statistics, coupled with the fact that Charlotte Mecklenburg Police arrested eight individuals and issued seventy-two additional citations during a routine DWI checkpoint last week, indicate that Police are increasing patrols for traffic violations.

As a practical matter, Police officers also use these checkpoints as a preliminary basis to stop motorists to further investigate for additional criminal activity. As a classic example: a motorist approaches a checkpoint, the officer observes an open container in the vehicle while obtaining the driver's valid license, and the driver is then charged with an open container. Eight arrests resulted from the checkpoint operated by the authorities: six impaired driving arrests and two arrests for undisclosed violations. A number of citations were issued at the checkpoint for drug-related offenses. It is crucial that anyone charged / arrested immediately obtain a Charlotte criminal lawyer trained to properly analyze legal issues with a case such as the reason for the inital detention of the Defendant, the basis for the arrest, and other legal issues that are critical in such cases.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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