Convictions Up For Those Who Fight D-W-I

Drunken driving suspects in North Carolina who fight their cases in court are more likely to be convicted than they were four years ago.

An analysis by The Charlotte Observer found that 72 percent of
those who took their cases to trial in 2006 were convicted. That's
a jump from 63 percent in 2003.

Peter Gilchrist, the district attorney in Mecklenburg County,
said he expects D-W-I convictions to rise even more. Lawmakers
passed new D-W-I laws last year that limited judges' discretion in
deciding cases. Gilchrist estimates that 90 percent of D-W-I suspects may be convicted under the new laws.


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