Fighting DUI/DWI Charges In North Carolina
In most instances in North Carolina, as soon as you are arrested for DUI/DWI, your driver's license is suspended. If convicted of DUI/DWI and it is your first offense, your license suspension will last for at least one year, you will pay a substantial fine, and your insurance rates will skyrocket. In some situations, even for a first offense, you may be sentenced to jail time.
For a subsequent drunk driving offense, you face increased penalties, including jail time. You could even lose your car or face felony charges.
With so much on the line, it is important to secure the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney. I, Randolph J. Hill, Attorney at Law, have been helping clients in Wake County build successful DUI/DWI defenses since 1994. Contact my office by e-mail or by calling 888-337-1484. I make jail visits.
What Makes DUI/DWI Charges Worse?
Certain circumstances can lead to more serious consequences. It is especially important to seek help from a lawyer if any of the following apply to your situation:
- The driver is under 21 — North Carolina has a zero tolerance law when it comes to underage drinking. If you are caught drinking and driving and are underage, you face additional charges and penalties.
- Two DUIs within seven years — If convicted of a second DUI/DWI within seven years, a mandatory seven day jail sentence will be imposed. If the court finds two or more grossly aggravating factors were involved, a 30 day mandatory sentence will be imposed.
- Blowing over .15 — If your breathalyzer test results were .15 or higher, you face enhanced punishments if convicted. This can include severely limited driving privileges and an ignition interlock being installed in your vehicle.
- Willfully refusing a breathalyzer test — You automatically lose your license for one year and are denied any type of driving privileges for at least six months.
- Causing a fatal accident — If convicted of DUI/DWI that resulted in the death of another, you could be charged with second degree murder.
Addressing Every Issue Surrounding a DUI/DWI Charge
I prepare every case with an eye toward trial, addressing issues that you may not be aware of, such as:
- Was the Breathalyzer correctly administered?
- Was the traffic stop valid?
- If there were witnesses, what is the likelihood they will appear at trial?
- Did the police officer have probable cause to place you under arrest?
- Were you read your Miranda rights?
- Can they prove you were behind the wheel?
It is important to note that you may also be able to avoid jail time by attending an inpatient alcohol or substance abuse treatment program.
My office is located in Raleigh, across the street from the Wake County courthouse. I serve clients across The Triangle. To schedule an appointment please contact me by e-mail or call 888-337-1484. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.