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A Career Dedicated to Service

As an assistant district attorney since 2006, Donald Rice has dedicated his career to ensuring the safety of the citizens of Gaston County.  He has served as our county’s lead impaired driving prosecutor for well over a decade. He also serves his community as a Commissioner for the town of Cramerton and a Volunteer Firefighter for the Cramerton Fire Department.

He has been awarded for his achievements in impaired driving prosecution by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. He also shares his knowledge by teaching fellow prosecutors and law enforcement officers all across our state.

He lives in Cramerton with his wife Ashley, and their two sons Samuel and Charlie. They are members of Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Belmont. Here you will find everything you need to know about Donald Rice, why he is running for district court judge, and how you can get involved.

Professional Affiliations

  • Rotary Club of Gastonia
    • Member
  • State of North Carolina
    • Independent Contractor
  • Gaston County Bar Association Member​
    • Treasurer – 2010 – 2011
  • Gaston County Mediation Center
    • ​Executive Board Member, 2006 – 2016
  • Gaston Lincoln Cleveland MPO
    • ​Alternate Member
  • NC Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshall
    • Fire Fighter I & II Certification
  • Gaston County Republican Party
    • Century Club Member
  • Gaston County Young Republicans
    • Member

Community Activities

  • Cramerton Fire Department
    • Volunteer Fire Fighter
  •  Gaston County Teen Court
    • Judge/Trainer
  •  Gastonia City Police Special Olympics Torch Run
    • Participant
  •  Walk Like MADD
    • Battle of the Bars Champion
  • Cramerton Veteran’s Memorial
    • Fundraising Committee
  • Cramerton Planning Board
    • Alternate Member
  • Cramerton Community Committee
    • Board Liaison
  • Gaston County Law Enforcement Memorial Service
    • Closing Speaker
  • Leadership Gaston Class
    • Presenter
  • Governor’s Highway Safety Program
    • NC Traffic Safety Awards Selection Committee – 2019

Legislative Experience and Elected Office

  • Elected Office
    • Town of Cramerton
      • Board of Commissioners

  • Legislative Experience
    • NC Senate Bill 299 – Habitual Impaired Driving-10 Year Period
      • Assisted in the drafting of the bill and addressed the Senate Committee of Judiciary 3/29/2017

Awards and Publications

  • Awards
    • Mother’s Against Drunk Driving
      • Prosecutor of the Year Award – 2015
    • Governor’s Highway Safety Program
      • Judicial Partner of the Year Award – 2018
  • Publications
    • Authored “What is NMS Lab Lesting and How Do I Get it Into Evidence?”
      • Conference of District Attorney’s Quarterly Magazine
    • Authored Predicate Questions – NMS Labs
      • DWI Resource Manual 4th Edition, NC Conference of District Attorneys

Education and Training

  • Florida State University
    • B. S. Degree in Criminology
    • B. S. Degree in Sociology
    • Sigma Nu Fraternity
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
    • Juris Doctor
    • Sigma Delta Kappa Law Fraternity
  • Continuing Education
    • Prosecuting the Drugged Driver
    • Essentials of Municipal Government
    • Collision Reconstruction Training for Prosecutors
    • DWI Checkpoint Regional
    • IACP Drugs, Alcohol, & Impaired Driving Training Conference
    • Drug Recognition Expert
    • GHSP Traffic Safety Expo & Conference
    • Prosecutors and Toxicologists
    • Fire Fighter I & II Certification

Teaching Experience

  • Gaston College Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Academy (BLET)
    • Arrest, Search and Seizure/Constitutional Law
    • Elements of Criminal Law
  • Gastonia City Police Department
    • In Service Training
  • American Academy of Applied Forensics
    • Legal Issues in Crime Scene Searches
    • Legal Issues with Police Body Worn Cameras
    • Advancing Drone Programs for Law Enforcement
  • North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys
    • Blood Issues in Driving While Impaired Cases
    • NMS – Protocol & Procedures
  • Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP)
    • Working with Out-of-State Toxicology Labs
    • Body Worn Cameras: Your New Partner
  • Mother’s Against Drunk Driving​ (MADD)
    • Victim’s Advocacy Training​​

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