The federal government does not have the Constitutional authority to issue such mandates. That is the way the government was set up. If we want tougher laws in North Carolina, then we the people of this state need to urge our state officials to make tougher laws against drunk driving. The first thing they need to do is to make it a felony instead of just a misdemeanor. That in of itself would open the door to stiffer penalties. They need to take it out of fair sentencing and put it under the structured sentencing. That would mean the judge has less flexibility on what penalty to hand down.
I don't know how it is now, but a few years back I worked for an attorney and at the time, you could pretty much just hire an attorney and be let off with some kind of fine with no jail time.
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