Raleigh DWI Defense Attorney

DWI Lawyer Raleigh | DUIThe drunk driving and drugged driving laws in North Carolina are strict and the fines and penalties are severe. In fact, even the lowest level offense of a level 5 DWI arrest can have long ranging negative effects that can change your life, and the lives and futures of your family and loved ones. Getting convicted of a Level 5 DWI in Raleigh or elsewhere in North Carolina could mean jail time, probation, license revocations, substances abuse treatment, and significant fines.

Mounting a Raleigh DWI Defense

In North Carolina, it is illegal to drive if your mental and/or physical faculties have been noticeably impaired or affected by alcohol or drugs or a combination of either. There are six leves of misdemeanor DWI offenses. The penalties incurred are based on the level you are convicted of which is decided by the Court by balancing the aggravating factors in your case against any mitigating factors that apply. Factors that go into deciding your sentencing level include, but are not limited to-

  • Blood or Breath alcohol concentration (BAC/BrAC)
  • Driving record
  • the status of your license at the time of the offense
  • whether there were any minors in the vehicle with you under the age of 18
  • many other facts that would be specific to your case

Penalties for drunk or drugged driving are categorized into 6 levels. Here’s what you could expect should you be convicted:

A Level 5 Offense carries penalties including:

  • possible jail
  • loss of license for one year
  • a fine of up to $200
  • community service of 24 hours
  • Substance abuse assessment and completion of recommended treatment or education

A Level 4 Offense carries penalties including:

  • possible jail
  • loss of license for one year
  • a fine of up to $500
  • community service of 48 hours
  • Substance abuse assessment and completion of recommended treatment or education

A Level 3 offense carries penalties of:

  • possible jail or imprisonment up to 6 months
  • loss of license for one year
  • a fine of up to $1000
  • community service of 72 hours
  • Substance abuse assessment and completion of recommended treatment or education

A Level 2 Offense carries penalties of:

  • mandatory jail of a minimum of 7 days except for under very limited circumstances
  • a possible prison sentence of 1 year
  • loss of license for one or four year(s) depending on the facts and on your record without the possibility of any limited driving privilege
  • Substance abuse assessment and completion of recommended treatment or education

A Level 1 offense carries penalties of:

  • mandatory jail of a minimum of 30 days except for under very limited circumstances
  • a possible prison sentence of 2 years
  • loss of license for one or four year(s) depending on the facts and on your record without the possibility of any limited driving privilege
  • Substance abuse assessment and completion of recommended treatment or education

A level A1 or aggravated level 1 carries penalties of:

  • a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 120 days in jail that can only be given under very limited circumstances
  • a possible prison sentence of 3 years
  • substantial fines
  • loss of license for one or four year(s) depending on your record without the possibility of any limited driving privilege
  • Substance abuse assessment and completion of recommended treatment or education

Contact a Raleigh DWI Attorney

The Raleigh DWI defense attorney at DeMent Askew begin to build your best drunk driving defense. After hearing your case, we investigate every aspect of the stop, evidence collection, and arrest. This includes-

  • The legality of the stop
  • How the field sobriety tests were administered
  • How blood, breath, or chemical tests were administered
  • Whether the test results are reliable

Our defense team works diligently to have your charges reduced or dismissed. We advocate against your vehicle being forfeited, and against license revocation. We also attempt to have your vehicle released quickly from the impound, and work to help you have your driving privileges restored. We stand beside you in court and aggressively defend your rights in litigation.

Our goal to limit all legal punishments and fines, and to help you achieve the best results possible for your specific case. We have more than 40 years of experience advocating for those who stand accused of DWI in Raleigh and across North Carolina.

If you have been charged with a DWI offense, including aggravated DWI, commercial driver DWI,  underage DWI, or DWI of drugs, contact the experienced DWI defense attorneys at DeMent Askew LLP now to for a free case evaluation. We stand ready to defense your rights. Call 919-833-5555 now, so we can begin building your best DWI defense.

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