North Carolina Alcohol and Crime Briefs

September 2011

  • The Governor signed The Justice Reinvestment Act (HB 642), which strengthens community corrections by expanding sentencing options and authorizing probation officials to increase the level of supervision as needed without court intervention. The new law also caps sentences for the first two technical violations to 90 days.
  • The Governor also signed Laura’s Law (SB 86; HB 49). Named for victim Laura Fortenberry, the law significantly improves the state’s DUI laws. Of particular significance, the law mandates requires that all Level One DUI abstain from alcohol and submit to continuous alcohol monitoring (CAM) upon release from their minimum mandatory jail sentences. Additionally, it empowers and encourages judges to require DUI offenders with a prior conviction during the previous seven years to abstain from alcohol and submit to continuous alcohol monitoring. Rehabilitation Support Services supported these laws and several others that passed during the past few years, in cooperation with NPAMC.

September 2009

  • The legislature passed a law allowing the use of continuous alcohol monitoring systems to meet requirements for the restoration of a revoked driver’s license.

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