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Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) in North Carolina

North Carolina’s Subclasses for DWLR

Having a valid driver’s license is almost a necessity in this day and age. In North Carolina, all drivers must have a valid driver’s license with them while driving at all times. Driving while license revoked (DWLR) is a misdemeanor offense, which, if you are convicted, will result in a criminal record. You could even face jail time or lose your driver’s license for an additional, and often lengthy, amount of time.

Prior to December 1, 2013, all DWLR charges were classified as class 1 misdemeanors which result in further suspension of your driver’s license, among other consequences.

North Carolina law now recognizes two separate categories under DWLR– “DWLR Not Impaired” (a class 3 misdemeanor), which is a charge when your license revocation was not the result of impaired driving. After December 2013, if you your license was revoked for impaired driving (such as a DWI), you may be charged with “DWLR Impaired Revocation” (a class 1 misdemeanor).

DWLR Not Impaired. Now, if you are convicted of DWLR Not Impaired (the class 3 misdemeanor) you no longer face further revocation time. However, convictions result in nasty insurance consequences and still count on your permanent criminal record. However, in most counties, these charges can be negotiated down to avoid the nasty insurance ramifications, or even outright dismissed.

DWLR Impaired Revocation. In contrast, DWLR Impaired Revocation is a much more significant offense. It is still classified as a class 1 misdemeanor and still results in an additional suspension of one year for a first offense. In addition to your license being revoked, and depending upon the county and judge presiding over your case, you could even face up to 120 days in jail. You can also be ordered to undergo continuous alcohol monitoring (CAMS) or to abstain from alcohol completely.

Skilled Legal Representation for Traffic Violations in Raleigh

If you find yourself charged with Driving While License Revoked, it is imperative you speak with a Raleigh traffic attorney immediately to discuss your options for favorably resolving your case, as well as the circumstances involved in reinstating your driver’s license.

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