We've all made mistakes we wish we could take back. Unfortunately, if that mistake is drinking and driving, then it may not be a mistake you can easily take back. North Carolina has strict laws when it comes to impaired driving:
- First offense: You may face hundreds of dollars in fines, the threat of a mandatory revocation of your license for a year and time in jail. After your conviction, your blood-alcohol concentration is lowered to .04 for three years, making it easier to face another DWI charge later on. An ignition interlock device will be required for at least one year as well.
- Second offense: The mandatory revocation period for your license is increased to four years if you are convicted of a drunk driving offense within three years of your first offense. You may face increased fines and the threat of at least a year in prison. Once your conviction is up and your driving privileges have been restored, your BAC drops to .00 for seven years and an ignition interlock device must remain installed in your vehicle for seven years.
- Third offense: You may risk a $10,000 fine, no less than a year in prison and the revocation of driving privileges if your conviction has occurred within five years of another DWI conviction. For the next seven years, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle before you are allowed to drive again.
These only scrape the surface of the potential DWI charges you could face in North Carolina, and they do not account for all of the difficulties you could face, which can include a substantial increase to your auto insurance premiums and the potential risk of losing employment.
How We Can Help
If we handle your DWI cases, we will first conduct a full investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest. We will determine whether there was probable cause to pull you over and we will verify whether you were properly advised of your Miranda rights when you were taken into custody. We will also carefully review police reports and interview witnesses to establish whether field sobriety and blood alcohol tests were correctly administered.
From DMV hearings to criminal proceedings, we represent anyone who has been charged with drinking and driving. To set up a consultation with an experienced attorney at our firm in Hickory, call 828-848-8776 (toll free at 888-321-0494) or send us an email.