DWI offenses and “secure bonds” are topics that invoke thoughts of Knoll motions. The newly modified N.C.G.S. 15A-535 states that if a person is on pre-trial release and receives new charges, a secured bond at least double the amount of the most recent previous secured or unsecured bond is required. If there was no bond required for previous charges, then the bond is to be set at $1000 or higher.
So, for example, if a person is out on pre-trial release on a $500,000 bond for, say, a violent crime, and they are charged with impaired driving, a misdemeanor, although in reality, merely a traffic offense, the bond for the careless and reckless driving charge would be set at $1,000,000.
Greensboro DWI Attorneys and practitioners should consider arguing such a hold under a Knoll theory. It is an interesting legal argument and a worthy intellectual challenge.