DWI Defense Lawyers in Concord
Protecting the Rights of Drivers throughout Cabarrus County
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is illegal in North Carolina. Any time a person is caught operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) percentage of .08 or higher, they can be charged with this crime, putting them at risk of fines, jail time, and driving restrictions. If you are facing criminal charges for impaired driving, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to get help from a legal professional. Call the Concord DWI defense attorneys at Brannen & Walker for a consultation about your case.
How Our Firm Can Help
Following an arrest, time is not on your side. The first thing you need to do is to find out exactly which charges you will be fighting. It also helps to have access to the evidence filed against you, which is why it is wise to talk to a criminal defense lawyer sooner rather than later. At Brannen & Walker, we have extensive experience guiding Concord clients through the legal process. We can request evidence from law enforcement on your behalf in order to better protect your freedom and minimize any penalties you face.
Punishments for a DWI Conviction
In North Carolina, the punishments for DWI offenses can vary. There are six levels of DWI sentencing, and depending on the severity of the offense, those charged with the crime could face months in jail or up to a year in prison. Convictions can also lead to community service and fines anywhere from $200 to $10,000 in fines. The only way to fight these charges is to build a strong defense, tell your side of the story, and make the best use of the law in your situation.
Punishments can be worse if there are aggravating factors present, such as driving with a suspended license, passing a school bus while it loads or unloads, or a BAC of .15 percent or more.
Sentences are ranked by severity, including:
- Level I: Fines of up to $4,000 and a jail sentence of 30 days to 2 years
- Level II: Fines of up to $2,000 and a jail sentence of 7 days to 1 year
- Level III: Fines of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of 72 hours to 6 months
- Level IV: Fines of up to $500 and a jail sentence of 48 hours to 120 days
- Level V: Fines of up to $200 and a jail sentence of 24 hours to 60 days
Depending on your unique circumstances, a fourth DWI might be charged as a felony, and the penalties will be worse if you are convicted. It is crucial that you work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. No matter the scope of your traffic offense, let us help defend your rights.
Do Not Wait to Protect Your Driving Privileges
In North Carolina, your driver’s license will likely be revoked for at least one year if you are convicted of DWI. However, it is possible to seek limited driving privileges that will allow you to drive for certain important reasons, such as work or school. To do so requires that you have an effective defense and can prove that you will not be a threat to other drivers on the road. There are specific eligibility requirements, but we can explain how you may qualify.
The intent of limited driving privileges is to allow a person to drive for the following reasons:
- Employment purposes
- Household maintenance
- Transportation to school
- Attendance at a court-ordered treatment program
- Emergency medical treatment
- Attendance at religious services
As your advocate, we will seek to dismiss the DWI charges altogether by checking for errors in the evidence filed against you. If your arresting officer unlawfully stopped you or took tried to entrap you in some way, all related evidence must be thrown out, giving you a better chance at a favorable outcome. The sooner you contact our office, the better chance we will have of preserving relative evidence to eliminate or reduce your charges.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
At Brannen & Walker, we are prepared to provide the strong, aggressive defense you need in your DWI case. Our team is committed to ensuring you have the information and confidence you need to fight for your rights, preserve your driving privileges, and get the best chance at a hopeful future. We are located near Rotary Square, across from the courthouse.
Call (704) 741-4644 now to get started.
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