RALEIGH DUI / DWI CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
If you have been charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI), sometimes referred to as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you are facing a very serious criminal allegation in North Carolina. These charges carry penalties that can be ruinous to you financially, socially, and professionally. Penalties include the imposition of enormous fines, lengthy community service hours, the loss of your license to drive, jail time, and even felony charges in some cases. Without an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, DWI/DUI charges have serious consequences that can change the course of your life forever.
In North Carolina, DWI/DUI laws are particularly harsh, with even tougher statutes being passed on a regular basis. North Carolina law enforcement officials are especially focused on enforcing these laws to the fullest extent with no mercy or leniency towards the accused. North Carolina courts and judges can be staunch in their views towards driving while intoxicated, and minimum sentencing guidelines limit their ability to provide therapeutic sentences for defendants charged with these crimes. Experienced criminal defense attorneys in North Carolina will tell you that defending a DWI/DUI case is just as complicated as defending a murder charge in a fatigued criminal justice system.
Our criminal defense team has a bevy of defenses in their arsenal to protect you from this system overload and help to defeat these charges. Even if the evidence against you seems insurmountable, our lawyers know how to defend these cases. We have over 40 years of experience in diminishing and successfully defending these cases in Raleigh and across North Carolina, including but not limited to the following cases:
- Vehicular homicide, felony death by vehicle, accidents with injury cases;
- Habitual impaired driving;
- Child abuse cases stemming from driving while impaired with a child in the car;
- Drugged driving, charges with prescribed meds or illicit drugs, abuse of Xanax, opioids, and other drugs; and
- DWI charges against out of state drivers
While we are skilled and successful negotiators, our criminal defense attorneys are primarily trial lawyers. While we are well-accustomed to negotiating with the prosecutor’s office, we will first and foremost work closely with you to develop a defense strategy meant to defeat even the strongest evidence against you and ensure that you have the best chance for the most successful outcome available.
Russell W. DeMent III
Criminal Defense Lawyer
DWI Legal Services
Drunk Driving Attorneys In Raleigh
Why You Need a Drunk Driving Lawyer in Raleigh
North Carolina drunk driving laws are extremely strict. The police can charge you when your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over the limit of 0.08 percent. They may also charge you with a crime if they believe that alcohol is impairing your ability to operate your vehicle safely.
DeMent Askew & Johnson, provides guidance through the complicated legal and administrative matters affecting your life after a Raleigh drunk driving arrest. Our attorneys have years of trial experience and maintain memberships with associations committed to successful DWI representation.
Consequences for Driving While Impaired differ from state to state, so it is important to have a lawyer familiar with Raleigh drunk driving offenses. Courts also consider the following when deciding on the penalties for DWI:
- Injury or death occurring during DWI
- Previous DWI arrests
Technically, the court does not require you to retain the services of a drunk driving lawyer in Raleigh. You can handle the process in court and before the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. However, there are distinct advantages to retaining a qualified lawyer.
Some reasons to consider hiring a Raleigh drunk driving attorney include:
- You have previous DWI convictions
- Your DWI arrest includes an accident or injury
- You require a license for your employment
- Your arrest involves a BAC more than double the limit
- You do not understand the NC DWI laws
- You do not understand the potential consequences
- Your profession requires bonding
- Your professional license is in jeopardy
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Our Drunk Driving Lawyers in Raleigh can help
DeMent Askew, LLP thoroughly assesses your situation, and helps you understand the penalties you face. Our Raleigh drunk driving attorneys advise you of your options and assist you in making an educated decision. For many cases, we offer free consultations to explain the process.
Once you understand how the courts and administrators handle charges of drunk driving in Raleigh, we can provide information about the consequences. The court system has penalties that it enforces upon conviction, and the NC Division of Motor Vehicles has separate punishments. These two entities work together when handling the loss of driving privileges.
At DeMent Askew, LLP, our Raleigh drunk driving lawyers represent you in court and before the Division of Motor Vehicles. This representation is especially important when your livelihood depends on maintaining your driver’s license.
Call DeMent Askew, LLP for experienced drunk driving attorneys in Raleigh.
Time is of the essence when you face a DWI charge. Contact our office and speak to a Raleigh drunk driving lawyer. Allow us to help prevent the negative effects of a drunk driving conviction on your life.
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CRIMINAL DEFENSE SUCCESS
Client charged with level 3 trafficking in opiates which carried minimum mandatory sentencing of a minimum of 225 months (18 years 9 months) in prison. After months of negotiating with the prosecuting attorney and following a lengthy argument to the court, Defendant was sentenced to 65 months (5 years and 5 months) in prison with…
Evidence Suppressed in DWI Case; Court Holds “No Reasonable and Articulable Suspicion” for Traffic Stop
All evidence suppressed in DWI case for an illegal stop where the LEO observed my client pause in a parking lot for 30 seconds before leaving the lot and then crossed a center line during a turn at an intersection. Held “No reasonable and articulable suspicion” for a traffic stop.
Guilty Verdict of Less Significant Charges of Driving with License Revoked and Lane Violation; Charges Included DWI, Driving While License Revoked, and Hit and Run; No Jail Time
Client charged with DWI, driving while license revoked for impaired revocation, hit and run, and driving left of center. She was found on side of the road in driver’s seat 400 yards from a collision, showed clues of impairment on the field sobriety tests and blew a .10 on the breath test. Found not guilty…
Motion to Suppress and Dismiss Granted for Lack of Probable Cause; No Reliable Evidence Suggesting Impairment After Speeding Stop
Motion to suppress and dismiss granted for lack of probable cause to arrest where my client was stopped for speeding, had an odor of alcohol, glassy eyes, admitted to drinking, as well as showed signs of impairment on the field sobriety tests. The court put little weight on the field sobriety tests because the officer…
Defendant charged with 2 counts of habitual impaired driving on his 7th total offense. Were able to negotiate a plea consolidating the sentence to one term of 28 months in prison where he was facing the potential for 10 years or more.
Client approaches a DWI roadblock. Smells of alcohol and performs ok on field tests though she does so some signs of NHTSA clues of impairment. She admits to drinking and blows positive for presence of alchol on the portable breath test. She is taken to the mobile breath testing bus at the checkpoint. She is…
Defendant charged with Level 2 DWI with one prior within 7 years. Was facing a potential sentence of 1 year in prison. Defendant attended a treatment program and really changed her life direction while the case was pending. We were able to get the judge to agree to accept the inpatient treatment as credit for…
Defendant had a head-on collision with injuries to both parties. He was given field sobriety tests on the scene of the collision and did not perform well on those tests with the exception of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test where he showed no signs of impairment from any central nervous system depressant. He admitted…
Client stopped for speeding. LEO smelled odor of MJ about clients person. LEO search revealed burned MJ blunt. Defendant performed poorly on all physical tests but told the officer he suffered from a herniated disk in his lower back. On the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) eye test there were no clues of impairment. A subsequent…
Not Guilty of DWI with Serious Collision; LEO Failed to Gather Specific Information from Driver Taken to Hospital with BAC of .17
Client charged with driving while impaired. LEOs respond to a serious collision where someone being taken to the hospital in EMS vehicle upon troopers arrival. The vehicle had flipped 2 times and landed in the median. Based upon information obtained at the scene, the LEO finds my client in the hospital with injuries consistent with…