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Driving While Impaired, also known as a DWI, is a serious crime with severe punishments awaiting those convicted. While first-time DWIs are usually classified as a misdemeanor, repeat offenders are frequently charged with a felony. North Carolina has a 7-year look-back period, meaning that the DWI will stay on your record for seven years and if you commit another drunk driving offense within the seven years, you can receive severe fines and more jail time.

Just a few of the potential consequences of a DWI conviction include:

  • Having your license suspended for 30 days
  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • Fines
  • Difficulty securing employment, housing, education, and loan opportunities in the future

Contact our dedicated Raleigh DWI attorney today to learn more about how to mitigate these consequences or avoid them altogether. We may be able to help you – schedule your free consultation today!

Defending Clients against DWI Charges

There are several opportunities for your legal team to defend you from the harsh consequences of a conviction.

According to North Carolina’s DWI laws, it is up to the prosecution to prove the following:

  • You were driving;
  • You were driving on a public highway, street, or parking lot; and
  • Your physical and/or mental faculties were “appreciably impaired” as a result of an impairing substance, OR your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) was at or above the legal limit of 0.08%

There are several possible defenses which we could employ on behalf of someone charged with DWI, depending on the unique circumstances of their case.

What is the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in North Carolina?

If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and your BAC tests above the legal limit, you may be arrested for DWI. The legal limit varies depending on the driver as there are three categories by which BAC is judged:

  • For drivers 21 years of age or older, the legal limit is 0.08%
  • For commercial drivers, the limit is 0.04%
  • For drivers under the age of 21, any alcohol concentration is worthy of DWI charges

Some of the most prevalent defenses against DWI charges include:

  • Inaccurate field sobriety tests and/or the inaccurate administration of those tests
  • Illegally stopping an individual or vehicle without reasonable suspicion
  • Improper seizure
  • Conflicting evidence from witnesses
  • Extenuating circumstances to explain a failed roadside sobriety test (such as injury, anxiety, or exhaustion)

Call our Raleigh DWI attorney today at (919) 587-8544 and schedule your free consultation. There, you will be able to sit down with us and explain your situation, and we can help you understand the options available to you.

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