DWI & DUI Defense Lawyer

Law enforcement officers and the courts in Raleigh, North Carolina are cracking down on DWI & DUI (drunk driving).  The penalties can be quite severe, especially for multiple offenses.  If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, you could be facing having your driver’s license suspended for up to a year.  Depending on the presence of aggravating factors, you could also be sent to jail for up to 12 months. North Carolina’s punishment for DWI is based on a system of levels of aggravating factors.  Grossly aggravating factors include:

  • A prior DWI conviction within 7 years
  • A child under the age of 16 in the vehicle while driving under the influence
  • Serious injury to another person while DWI
  • DWI while license is suspended for another DWI

DWI & DUI Penalties 

If a person is convicted of two of these grossly aggravated factors involving DWI, they can expect a “Level One” punishment.  If a driver has one of these factors, they can expect a “Level Two Punishment”.  Level One Punishment consists of jail time of 30 days to 24 months, and up to $4000 in fines.  Level Two Punishment has a jail time of between 7 days and 12 months, and up to $2000 in fines.

In North Carolina, a driver gives implied consent to give a breath test or urine test if requested by a law enforcement officer.  If you refuse to give a test, your license is automatically suspended for 30 days.

When you or someone you love has been charged with a DWI offense, it is important that you act immediately to hire an experienced DWI defense lawyer who can provide strong legal defense.  If you are convicted of a DUI, not only will you have to deal with fines, possible jail time, and a suspended license, but you’ll also have a criminal record which will make future employment difficult as well as have a negative impact on rental applications and increased insurance rates under the point system. Call our DWI & DUI defense lawyers in Raleigh at (919) 439-5104.

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Our determined DWI and DUI defense lawyers helped individuals and families with thousands of DWI and DUI cases and assisted countless others with their differing legal needs.  Serving clients throughout Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Fayetteville and the rest of NC, we fight aggressively to help those in need.  We offer a free consultation and affordable rates to help you pursue the DWI defense you deserve.

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