DUI / DWI
These days, alcoholic beverages come with a variety of public activities: a few drinks at the baseball game; a couple beers after work; a glass of wine with your evening meal. These public habits are all in good fun, but combining them with driving is sometimes unlawful. While you may think you can drive after one drink, if you continue consuming alcohol, possibilities are high that you will exceed Northern Carolina’s legal alcohol limit.
In North Carolina, an arrest for what is often called a “DUI” is officially referred to as “Driving While Impaired” or “DWI”. Driving While Impaired is a serious crime with significant repercussions. Working with an experienced North Carolina DUI / DWI lawyer can balance the situation, and secure your privileges, reputation, and future. DWI law is complicated. With the assistance of a professional and experienced lawyer, you can make a significant change in the result of your case, and ease your dealings with the North Carolina courts. Jason Wilson is a veteran attorney in representing people all over Western North Carolina who have fought DWI charges and other traffic offenses.
While the harshness of penalties and offense are directly related, driving while intoxicated is a serious criminal offense. Penalties can include:
- Suspension / Loss of license
- Large fines
- Treatment for substance abuse
- Jail or prison
- Community service
- Criminal record
- Restrictive license
- Probationary license
- Ignition interlock device required for your vehicle
- Loss of your vehicle due to seizure
- Higher insurance rates
- Alcohol monitoring (as of December 2011)
- Social impact on your profession
When you are caught for DWI in North Carolina, your driver’s license is instantly suspended for 30 days after the arrest, acknowledged as a “Pretrial Revocation”. We know your error has an effect on your family and your capability to sustain your lifestyle. Ten days after your arrest, we can help you restore restricted driving benefits during this period. We can help you get through this unfortunate situation. Ask Jason WIlson to assess your pretrial suspension and know your status with respect to regaining limited driving privileges.
In the case that you have more than one DUI / DWI charge, or if the arrest was a result of an incident that involved others, the punishment can increase considerably; particularly in the event of injury and property damage.
North Carolina has rules that allow judges to order the set up of interlock devices in automobiles for people convicted for DUI. An interlock device system calculates the amount of alcohol by testing a person’s breath. Once installed, the car owner must blow into it before the ignition will start. However, the car won’t start if any alcohol is detected.
A second DUI, or DWI, related accident carries much stronger repercussions, such as:
- prison time
- civil lawsuits
- a mark on your criminal record
- financial penalties
- court ordered education
- becoming a victim of social preconceptions
- constraints on your ability to travel
- legal professional’s fees
- probation and long-term insurance costs increases