What is Driving While Impaired (DWI) in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, a DWI is a class 1 misdemeanor. To be convicted of a DWI the State has to prove that you 1) operated a motor vehicle 2) on a public street or highway and 3) while subject to an impairing substance. There are 6 different levels of sentencing for DWI convictions, with the maximum being 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A conviction will also revoke your drivers license for at least one year. Based on the possible repercussions, it is very important to discuss your case with an experienced DWI attorney.
How can we fight a DWI in North Carolina?
There are 3 phases where we can fight a DWI. The first is whether there was reasonable suspicion for the stop. If there is no valid basis for the stop, all subsequent evidence (including the breath test) will be inadmissible. The second is whether there was probable cause to arrest you. Again, if there is not, all subsequent evidence including the breath test will be inadmissible. The third phase is disproving one or more of the elements of the charge. If a judge or jury has a reasonable doubt to one or more of the elements, you will be found not guilty. I consult all clients and review their case thoroughly to determine what the best course of action is in their specific case.
What can happen if I am convicted of a DWI in North Carolina?
North Carolina has very strict DWI laws. A conviction for a DWI can result in 3 years in prison, an interlock device installed on your vehicle, a $10,000.00 fine, and a revocation of your drivers license. Due to the serious repercussions that you face, it is vital that you have an experienced lawyer on your side. We go through every DWI with a fine toothed comb to determine the best course of action to get you the best outcome possible.
Laird Law Defends DWIs in Onslow, Pender and Jones Counties
Steve Laird won awards for 10 best in client satisfaction in DWI cases in 2015 and 2016 from The American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys. Contact my office so we can discuss your case and determine the best way to resolve your case.