If you have been charged with a Driving While Impaired (DWI) offense in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, North Carolina, it is imperative that you understand your options and the potential consequences you are facing. It is equally important that you gain some perspective about the legal process itself. It takes some time to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and to determine potential defenses to your charge. We will help you navigate your way through the Court system and determine the best course of action at each step of the way. The Law Corner attorneys will provide you with the knowledge, assistance and expertise critical to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. In North Carolina, DWI laws have become increasingly severe over the last several years. With organizations like M.A.D.D. pushing for convictions and frequent media coverage of motor vehicle accidents and deaths attributed to drug and alcohol use, the State is able to summon considerable resources to secure your conviction. Now more than ever you need someone in your corner.
One thing is certain: an arrest for DWI in North Carolina must be taken very seriously. Even for a first-offender, the days of receiving a “slap on the wrist” are long gone. The charge itself carries serious consequences. If convicted, your driver’s license will be revoked. You will pay a substantial fine, court costs, lab fees, possibly probation fees, fees for evaluations and substance abuse treatment, and fees to have your license restored. You will be ordered to submit to a substance abuse assessment and complete all recommended treatment or education requirements. You may be ordered to install an Interlock Device on any car you own or operate. You can face time in prison. The entire process from arrest to conviction may take a year or more. Here is an overview of what you can expect if you get arrested for a DWI in North Carolina: