Driving While Impaired – Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an attorney?

Most likely, yes.  Though you have the right to represent yourself in court, a DWI charge is very complicated and building a defense requires a solid understanding of what requirements the State must meet in order to introduce the evidence they have against you.

Will a conviction of Driving While Impaired sentence me to jail?

 Most likely, no.  For most DWI charges, Defendants who have a clean record are sentenced at the lower levels of the sentencing range where Judges usually avoid sentencing Defendants to jail.  However, certain factors surrounding your DWI charge can raise your sentencing level up to a point where there is a mandatory jail sentence.  Speak with your Attorney about your potential sentencing range.

How much will a Driving While Impaired conviction cost?

In short, it can cost a lot!  The following are some of the costs that can come from a North Carolina DWI/DUI conviction.  These costs can vary greatly from one case to the next, so it is important to speak with your attorney about your individual case.

Fine- can range from as little as $0 all the way up to $10,000

Insurance Premiums- Can rise as much as 400% for the following three years

Court Costs- Approximately $200

Supervised Probation Fees- $30/month

Community Service Fees- $250

Substance Abuse Assessment- $100

Limited Driving Privilege- $100

Civil Revocation Fee- $100

DMV Reinstatement Fee- $100

Interlock Installation Fee- Approximately $100

Interlock Maintenance Fee- Approximately $130 every two months

Will I lose my license if I am convicted?

Yes.  A Driving While Impaired conviction carries with it a mandatory 1-year suspension of your license (Please see the North Carolina General Statute for more information by clicking here.)  However, your Attorney can petition the court for a Limited Driving Privilege.

What do I do next?

Get in touch with an Attorney as soon as possible.  Once you have decided on an Attorney that makes you feel comfortable, retain them so they can begin working on your case.  From there, your attorney that makes you feel comfortable, retain them so they can begin working on your case.  From there, your attorney should focus on protecting your rights and getting you back on the road as soon as possible.  Your attorney should also perform a complete case evaluation to find all opportunities to challenge your arrest.  Lastly, your attorney should be with you at your court dates and handle all of the court proceedings.

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